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X:1 T:Avalon Quickstep S:Willie Narmour (1889-1961) and Shellie Smith (1895-1968) S:(Carroll County, Mississippi) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Moderately quick" D:OKeh Records 45069 (78 RPM), Narmour & Smith (1930). F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/avalon-quickstep Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D A2-|A(BA)G FAde|f2[d4f4] [G2A2]-|[A2A2] AG FA3|a6[F2A2]-| [AA]BAG FAde|f2[d4f4]fa|gfed cA[E2A2]|[F6d6]:| |:{e}f2|a6f2|[B4b4][B3a3]g-|f2d4 fa|gfed cA-c2|b2 a2-agfg| a4- afga|b4 a3(g|f2)d4fa|gfed cA[E2A2]|[F6d6]:|



AVALON QUICKSTEP. AKA - "Avalon Quick Step." AKA and see "New Charleston No. 1." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Mississippi. D Major. Standard or ADae tunings (fiddle). AABB (irregular). The melody was first recorded in June, 1930, in San Antonio, Texas, by W.T. (Willie) Namour and S.W. Smith, Mississippi musicians, and named for the hamlet of Avalon, Mississippi (the name Avalon is the mythological isle to which King Arthur was borne after his death). The Avalon area was home to a number of influential musicians, including blues guitarist John Hurt and the string band the Mississippi Possum Hunters, who all knew each other (Narmour and Smith helped Hurt to get signed with the OKeh Records). Apparently, the town was so obscure by the latter part of the 20th century that it could only be located with the help of old maps. The alternate title was an attempt by them to cash in on association to the Charleston dance craze of the 1920's, however, the title was named for the town of Charleston, Mississippi, near where the musicians lived. The 'B' part has ten measures instead of the usual eight. Narmour plays the tune in standard (GDae) fiddle tuning.

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Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Arm and Hammer String Band (Vermont) [Brody], W.T. Narmour (Miss.) [Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 30. Milliner & Koken (The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 15. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 16.

Recorded sources: -County 528, Namour and Smith- "Traditional Fiddle Music of Mississippi, vol. 1." (1975). Document Records DOCD 8009, Narmour & Smith - "Mississippi String Bands vol. 1." Document Records DOCD 8066, "Narmour & Smith ‎– Volume 2: Complete Recorded Works (1930-1934)" (2013). Kicking Mule 216, Arm and Hammer String Band- "New England Conta Dance Music" (1977). OKeh Records 45069 (78 RPM), Narmour & Smith (1930).

See also listing at:
Hear Narmour and Smith's recording at the Oldtown School of Music (Chicago) [1], Slippery Hill [2], and youtube.com [3]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [4]



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