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BOATING UP SANDY [3]. AKA and see "Gal with the Blue Dress On (1)." American, Reel. USA, West Virginia. A Mixoldyian (Phillips): A Dorian (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB'. The tune is a member of a tune family including "Hog Eye an' a 'Tater," "Hog Eye Man (1)," "Hog Eye," "Granny Will Your Dog Bite? (1)," "Sally in the Garden (1)," "Fire on/in the Mountain [1]" (there are several tunes by this name; it is a "floater"), and, in some respects "Betty Martin." Known as a West Virginia tune, it is in the repertoire of Wilson Douglas (1922-1999, Rush Fork, Clay County, W.Va.) who learned it from one of his strongest influences, the regionally famous and influential fiddler French Carpenter (W.Va.). Southern West Virginia coal miner and fiddler Delbert Hughes (1905-1982), originally from east Kentucky, played a version quite similar to Douglas's.

A version of the tune was transcribed by A. Porter Hamblen (1875-195?, Del Rio, Texas) as an untitled reel in his music manuscript of tunes from his father and grandfather (now in the Library of Congress [1]). He attributes his version to his grandfather, David Hamblen (1809-1893), a fiddler originally from Virginia. A reel called "Boatin' Up Sandy" was in the repertoire of Braxton County, W. Va., fiddler Melvin Wine (1909-2003), whose version can be found at "Boating Up Sandy (5)," and faintly resembles Douglas's in its structure, although melodically and harmonically different.

Wilson Douglas

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Wilson Douglas (W.Va.) & Mel Marshall [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 50. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician: Occasional Collection of Old-Timey Fiddle Tunes for Hammer Dulcimer, Fiddle, etc.), 1982 (revised 1988 & 2003); p. 9. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 32.

Recorded sources : - Augusta Heritage AHR-015113, Delbert Hughes - "The Home Recordings." Heritage 12, Wilson Douglas - "Brandywine 75: Music of West Virginia" (1975). Marimac Recordings, 1989, Wilson Douglas - "Boatin Up Sandy." Rounder 0024, "The Hollow Rock String Band" (1974. Learned from Doc White, Ivydale, W.Va., who called it "Gal with the Blue Dress On (1)").

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear Delbert Hughes' field recording at Slippery Hill [3]
Hear Wilson Douglas's recording at Slippery Hill [4] and at Berea Sound Archives [5]

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