Farewell Trion

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FAREWELL TRION. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Alabama. G Major (Carlin): C Major (Kuntz, Phillips). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABC (Kuntz): AA'AA'BB'C (Phillips). Played slower than the usual breakdown tempo. The primary source for the tune is fiddler Mack Blalock (1914-1987), of Mentone, Alabama, who had it "from his great-uncle Joe Blaylock (b. 1854) who composed it upon returning to Alabama after getting laid off from a mill in Trion, Georgia. James Bryan added a third part to the tune" (Old-Time Herald, vol. 1, No. 6, Winter 1988-89). In addition to his uncle Joe, Mack learned many tunes from his aunt Annie Blalock of Lookout Mountain, and uncles Alfred and Henry Blalock.

Source for notated version: James Bryan (Ala.) with Bob Carlin [Phillips].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 49.

Recorded sources: Rounder 0197, Bob Carlin - "Banging and Sawing" (1985).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]




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