Big Chief (The)

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BIG CHIEF, THE. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, southeastern Pa. G Major ('A' part) & E Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bayard (1981) says this title is a "floater," appearing also in unrelated 6/8 time tunes, and that the only tune he has found resembling this one is "Essence of Tampa." A tune by this title, a variant of "Champion (2)," was printed in a Midwest collection by Adam (1928/1931).

Source for notated version: fiddler William Shape (Greene County, Pa., 1930's) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 101, p. 59.

Recorded sources:

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