Audio Recordings Poplar Pole
About this Item
- Poplar Pole
- 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, July 17, 1967
- 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: 8
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 39 seconds
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: That's it.
- - Strains: 3 (low-high, 4-4-4)
- - Rendition: (1)-2-3-1r-2-3-1r-2-3-1r
- - Phrase Structure: ABCD QRCD (alternating with UVCD) (aba'c defg qrq'c defg uvwc defg)
- - Recording chronology: 128
- - Related Tune(s): Angeline the Baker
- - Related Tune(s): Handsome Molly
- - Related Tune(s): The Derby Ram
- - Related Tune(s): Liza Anne
- - Related Tune(s): The Converted Thief
- - Related Tune(s): The Church's Desolation
- - Related Tune(s): [Breakdown in D]
- - It is not clear what "Poplar Pole" refers to, but the tune resembles and may be kin to a number of well-known Southern songs, all of which typically end on the dominant rather than the tonic. "Angeline the Baker," which was first published by Stephen Foster in 1850 and had some currency on the nineteen-century minstrel stage, is still played in the Appalachians. "Handsome Molly," as recorded by Blue Ridge hillbilly artists Grayson and Whitter (Gennett 6304, Victor 21189), is essentially the same tune. Sharp includes two allied melodies in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians: "The Derby Ram" from Sevier County, Tennessee (vol. 2, 184, #141-A), and "Liza Anne" from Lee County, Kentucky (vol. 2, 355, #243). Two hymns in White, Original Sacred Harp (Denson Revision) use the tune: "The Converted Thief" (p. 44) and "The Church's Desolation" (p. 89).Henry Reed learned it in "East Virginia" when he was working in Floyd County, Virginia, and it is in the melodically simple and rhythmically complex style of tunes he learned there.
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705A33
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Poplar Pole. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000197/. (Accessed September 26, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1967) Poplar Pole. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000197/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, et al. Poplar Pole. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000197/>.