Devil Among the Tailors (2) (The)
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DEVIL AMONG THE TAILORS , THE. AKA and see "Devil's Dream (1)." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Arkansas, Missouri. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A closely related version of "Devil Among the Tailors (1) (The)". The title appears in a list of traditional tunes played by Ozark Mountains fiddlers compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. However, the tune seems to have been widespread in America under both the "Devil's Dream" and "Devil Among the Tailors" titles. It appears in print in G. Gilfort's Gentleman's Pocket Companion for the German Flute or Violin (New York, 1802, p. 5) and in E.S. Mesier's Admired Cottillions, for Balls & Private Parties, No. 1 (New York, 1825, p.2 ). In manuscript form, it was entered into the copybook of American musician Thomas Cushing, who commenced adding tunes in 1805.
Source for notated version: Sam Eads (Dixon, Missouri) [Christeson].
Printed sources: R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddler's Repertory, vol. 2), 1984; p. 3. Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 79.