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Audio Recording [Quince Dillion's High-D Reel]

[Quince Dillion's High-D Reel]

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  • [Quince Dillion's High-D Reel]


  • Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
  • Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
  • Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
  • Reed, Gene, 1929-2012 (Performer)

Created / Published

  • Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967


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


  • Ethnography
  • Music
  • Field recordings


  • -  Key: D
  • -  Meter: 4/4
  • -  Strains: 2 (high-low, 4-4)
  • -  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abcd abef qrst qref)
  • -  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
  • -  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
  • -  Duration: 53 seconds
  • -  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-tag
  • -  Compass: 14 (17 including grace-note run on G-string)
  • -  Spoken: HENRY REED: You done?
  • -  Recording chronology: 109
  • -  Related Tune(s): [Breakdown in G]
  • -  Performed by Gene Reed, guitar.
  • -  Henry Reed gave no name to this tune, though he played it twice and also played two sets of a tune in G with the same first strain (see "Breakdown in G," AFS 13037a01, AFS 13033b25). This tune cannot be traced to other sources. It somehow came to be thought of as a tune Henry Reed learned from Quince Dillion, though there is no concrete evidence of this in the fieldnotes from the 1960s, and it has gone back into circulation among some performers in the old-time music revival under the title "Quince Dillion's High-D Reel," the title used here.The guitar accompaniment by Henry Reed's son Gene is interesting in that he uses a minor-seven chord (here a C chord in the key of D). By the testimony of all his children, Henry Reed was a stickler for "the right chords," so we can assume that the chords represent Henry Reed's own musical choices. It is sometimes thought that such chords as minor-seventh chords are "untraditional" among older musicians; this is evidence to the contrary.Henry Reed's son James plays "Quince Dillion's High-D Reel" with four parts and explains that his father used to play the two extra strains but had omitted them in the recordings presented here.


  • Audio tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1969/008: AFS 13703B09

Source Collection

  • Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2


  • 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, Henry Reed, and Gene Reed. Quince Dillion's High-D Reel. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Reed, H. & Reed, G. (1967) Quince Dillion's High-D Reel. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Quince Dillion's High-D Reel. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, May 6, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.