Crooked Stovepipe (1)

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CROOKED STOVEPIPE [1]. Canadian, American; Reel or Polka. USA; New England, Michigan, Missouri. Canada; Ontario, Prince Edward Island. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (Miller & Perron/1983): AABB (Johnson): AA'BB' (Begin, Miller & Perron/1978, Miskoe & Paul, Perlman, Phillips). The tune is sometimes attributed to Nova Scotia fiddler Colin J. Boyd, and it is thought that it originated in Canada and spread to New England from Ottawa. "Crooked Stovepipe" was recorded on 78 RPM in 1932 by Hugh "Hughie" A. MacDonald, sometimes known as "The Polka King." MacDonald was born in Lanark, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, and was one of the first fiddlers to record Scottish fiddle music. He died in 1976. Crooked Stovepipe is also the name of a dance performed to the tune, popularized in New Hampshire by the late callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller.

Sources for notated versions: Vivian Williams [Phillips]; transplanted French-Canadian fiddler Omer Marcoux {1898-1982} (Concord, N.H.), who could not recall where he learned the tune, "I've always known that" [Miskoe & Paul]; Reuben Smith (b. 1931, Blooming Point, Queens County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]; Dawson Girdwood (Perth, Ottawa Valley, Ontarion) [Bégin].

Printed sources: Bégin (Fiddle Music in the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood), 1985; No. 15, p. 28. Jarman (Old Time Fiddlin' Tunes), No. or p. 1. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician's No. 7: Michigan Tunes), vol. 7, 1986-87; p. 7. Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978; No. 75. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddlers Repertoire), 1983; No. 106. Miskoe & Paul (Omer Marcoux), 1994; p. 34 (appears as "Crooking Stovepipe"). Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 152. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 343. Sannella (Balance and Swing) (CDSS).

Recorded sources: Condor 977-1489, "Graham & Eleanor Townsend Live at Barre, Vermont." Folkways 8826, Per's Four--"Jigs and Reels." RCA Victor LCP 1001, Ned Landry and his New Brunswick Lumberjacks - "Bowing the Strings with Ned Landry." Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40126, Lester Bradley & Friends - "Choose Your Partners!: Contra Dance & Square Dance Music of New Hampshire" (1999).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Hear Ned Landry's recording at Ted McGraw's site [3]




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