Annotation:Billy Wilson's Clog

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BILLY WILSON'S CLOG. AKA - "Wilson's Clog (2)." AKA and see "Rustic Dance (3)," "Rustic Scottische," et al. American, Canadian; Clog or Schottische. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A wide-spread melody in North America under numerous titles and versions. Paul Gifford has recorded four versions in tradition in Michigan of this tune (where it is known as "Wilson's Clog"), one in schottische rhythm and the rest in standard 2/4 time. "Wilson's Clog" was also in the repertoire of West Virginia fiddler and banjo player Burl Hammons, who learned it from a guitar player named Tom Christian, who used to play at a barbershop at Tea Creek where local men gathered to make music in the early 20th century [c.f. Fleischhauer & Jabbour - "The Hammons Family: A Study of a West Virginia Family's Traditions", 2011 [1] ]. Glen Lyn, southwest Virginia, fiddler Henry Reed also had an untitled version that he played as a schottische (see Alan Jabbour's transcription "Schottische in 'C'" at the Library of Congress [2]), and an unpublished set can be found in the American Folklife Center's collections as "German Waltz" by Bev Baker of Hazard, Kentucky [AFS 1538b3]. When Canadian fiddler Don Messer recorded the tune in 1937 with his group the Lumberjacks it appeared as "Billy Wilson's Clog" on the record label (Compo Records), but in his 1942 book it is given as "Clog in C Major."

In Alan Jabbour's opinion, "the uncertainty about assigning a genre to the tune suggests that, in the South at least, such tunes were often played as instrumental set pieces rather than for dancing"[1].

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Messer (Original Old Tyme Music), 1942; No. or p. 23 (appears as "Clog in C Major").

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Hear Messer's 1937 recording [3]

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  1. Jabbour, notes to his transcription of Henry Reed's version [4]