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[Air in G]

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  • [Air in G]


  • 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


  • -  Instrumental music
  • -  Fiddle tunes
  • -  Folk music--Appalachian Region
  • -  Airs
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Music
  • -  Field recordings
  • -  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn


  • Ethnography
  • Music
  • Field recordings


  • -  Meter: 4/4
  • -  Key: G
  • -  Compass: 8
  • -  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
  • -  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
  • -  Duration: 1 minute, 21 seconds
  • -  Strains: 1--he can't remember second strain
  • -  Rendition: 1-(spoken)-1
  • -  Phrase Structure: ABAC (abac abef)
  • -  Spoken: HENRY REED: [unintelligible] You know it, don't you?/ALAN JABBOUR: I recognize it, I can't remember the name of it./HENRY REED: I forgot a part of it.[Plays again]/HENRY REED: Hmm, I forget . . . ./ALAN JABBOUR: [Laughs]. What was the name of it?
  • -  Recording chronology: 039
  • -  Related Tune(s): In My Boyhood down on the Farm
  • -  Related Tune(s): Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town
  • -  Henry Reed says there was a second part to this air, but he could not remember it. The song sounds as if it comes from nineteenth-century popular music. In fact it is similar to his own set of "In My Boyhood down on the Farm" (AFS 13035b13), and it may be that the similarity is what is confusing him here. Another rather similar tune is "Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town." Imbedded in all these tunes is the "Scotch snap" that became a favored trait in nineteenth-century popular music. Note Henry Reed's execution of the Scotch snap in the rhythm of the notes in the second measure and elsewhere.


  • Audio tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B31

Source Collection

  • Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1967/007), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1969/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Air in G. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1966) Air in G. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Air in G. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.