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BIG FANCY. Old-Time, Breakdown. AEae or ADae tunings (fiddle). AB'ABCCCCCC'. The tonality vacillates between A and D. In the repertoire of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, fiddler Edden Hammons, who adds an extra beat in the first strain in the repeat, but not at the end of the second time through the strain (i.e. just before the second strain). The second part (played a variable number of times, but usually six), is played by the source with an extra beat added as it goes back to the first part. Alan Jabbour says he knows of "no other clear variants of the tune, though it bears a general resemblance to many other older tunes from the region." The tune labelled "Old Drake" on the SA-2 "The Edden Hammons Collecion vol. 2" is a miss-labeling and is actually "Big Fancy."

Recorded source: West Virginia University Press SA-1, "The Edden Hammons Collection, vol. 1" (1999).

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