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X: 1 T: Box the Fox C: R-64 M: C| Z: Transcribed to abc by Mary Lou Knack R: reel K: D ag| "D"fgaf dfaf| "G"gabg "A"e2ed| cdec "(A7)"Acec| "D"dedB A2ag| "D"fgaf dfaf| "G"gabg "A"e2ed| cdec "(A7)"Acec| "D"d6:| |:dB| "D"A2f2- f2fd| "G"Bdg2 g2ga| "D"fgfd "A"efec| "D"dedB A2dB| "D"A2f2- f2fd| "G"Bdg2 g2ga| "D"fgfd "A"efec| "D"d6:| %%text 9/1/98. As played by Bob Carlin



BOX (THE) FOX. AKA and see "Double Hornpipe," "Blockhouse Dutchman." American, Reel. USA, central and southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1894) gives that 'box the fox' means to rob an orchard, i.e. steal apples, in British and Irish usage. See also the similar first strain of the Trois copains' "Reel Ti'phonse," recorded in Montreal in 1939.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Issac Morris (Greene County, Pa., 1930's) [Bayard].

Printed sources : - Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 299B, p. 253.

Recorded sources : - Folkways Records, Bruce Hutton - "Old Time Music, It's All Around." Rounder 0132, Bob Carlin - "Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo" (1979. Learned from Washington D.C. revival musician Bruce Hutton, who had it from a Pa. source). Revonah Records RS-924, "The West Orrtanna String Band" (1976. Identified as a "popular breakdown" in the York County, Pa., area for many years).




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