Audio Recording George Booker

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Title
George Booker
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, June 18, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 15
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2
-  Key: A
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abac abdc' qrst qrdc')
-  Stylistic features: Circular tune (each strain ends on note other than tonic).
-  This tune began life, so far as can be told, as a Scottish strathspey entitled "The Marquis of Huntly's Farewell," the title it was given in William Marshall's Collection of Strathspey Reels (ca. 1781). By the early nineteenth century it already had taken hold in rural Virginia, now named "George Booker" in honor of a Virginia Revolutionary War leader; a set under that name appears in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839). The tune in that set, as in Henry Reed's, retains the melodic structure and circular form of the Scottish sets. Henry Reed's performance is also notable for the inclusion of sixteenth-note triplets and thirty-second notes, a feature of left-hand technique on the fiddle that is often associated with British fiddling but here appears to have a toehold in Virginia as well."George Booker" has an interesting history on the old frontier of the Upper South, having been recast as "Camp Chase" to celebrate the escape from Camp Chase, Ohio, during the Civil War by West Virginian Sol Carpenter. French Carpenter plays a set and tells the story on the LP recording Old-Time Music from Clay County, West Virginia (Folk Promotions 11567-11568), and another version of tale and tune performed by Burl Hammons appears on The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66), which cites additional variants.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: Whew! You're getting a lot of notes in that./HENRY REED: [Laughs]
-  Recording chronology: 035
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B27
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcreed.13033b27
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. George Booker. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000105/. (Accessed April 26, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1966) George Booker. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000105/.

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Jabbour, Alan, et al. George Booker. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000105/>.