Audio Recording Shooting Creek

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Shooting Creek
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 12
-  Strains: 2 (high-low, 2-2)
-  Rendition: (2)-(spoken)-1r-2r-1r-2r
-  Phrase Structure: AB QR (aba'c qrqs)
-  Related Tune(s): Walk Around
-  Shooting Creek rises at the Blue Ridge, along the Floyd County-Franklin County line, and flows down the eastern flank of the mountain into Franklin County in the Virginia Piedmont. The hollow along Shooting Creek had a reputation for moonshining in the earlier twentieth century. Another tune entitled "Shooting Creek" has been recorded along the creek itself and in other locales in Virginia and West Virginia. Both strains of this tune end on the fifth degree; see Person, A Collection of Popular Airs (1889), p. 15, "Walk Around"; J. W. (Peg) Hatcher, Ferrum, Virginia, AFS 2740a2; Oscar Wright, Princeton, West Virginia, AFS 13034b19. Henry Reed's "Shooting Creek" is similar enough to be compared to the other tune, but different enough that it cannot be flatly called a variant. His two sets of "Shooting Creek" vary between themselves; this one ends by descending to a low D on the D-string in the second strain, while the other (AFS 13037b01) ends the second strain on a D on the A-string, an octave higher. The tune is of that simpler variety, lending itself to performance on the banjo, that seems especially popular with musicians along the Blue Ridge.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 58 seconds
-  Stylistic features: This and the next cut [AFS 13037b01] are both "Shooting Creek," but there are interesting differences between the two performances, particularly in the second strain.
-  Spoken: HENRY REED: Is that the way he played it?/ALAN JABBOUR: No. Go ahead, play that again./HENRY REED: That's "Shooting Creek."/ALAN JABBOUR: Let's hear it. No, he didn't play it like that at all. Go ahead./NETTIE REED: . . . recorder on, Henry./HENRY REED: H
-  Recording chronology: 097
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A27
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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

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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, and Henry Reed. Shooting Creek. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) Shooting Creek. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Shooting Creek. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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