Belle of Lexington
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BELLE OF LEXINGTON. AKA and see "Belle Election" (John Patterson's title), "Hauling Home (The)," "Kitty's Wedding (1)," "Mrs. Smith's Reel," "Smith's Delight," "Smith's Reel." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; western Virginia (Grayson and Carroll Counties). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune, related to "Smith's Reel" and apparently derived from the Irish hornpipe "Kitty's Wedding (1)," was recorded by legendary southwestern Virginia fiddler Emmett Lundy (1864-1953, as "Belles of Lexington").
Source for notated version: Emmett Lundy (Galax, Va.) [Krassen]; Skip Gorman [Phillips]; Peter Boveng [Silberberg].
Printed sources: Krassen (Masters of Old Time Fiddling), 1983; p. 34. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), Vol. 1, 1994; p. 22. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 7.
Recorded sources: Rounder Records 0058, John Patterson - "Old Originals, vol. 2" (1978. Also issued under Heritage 5).
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources