Devil in the Woodpile (1)
X:1 T:Devil in the Woodpile  S:Melvin Wine (1909-2003, Braxton County, W.Va.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/devil-woodpile D:Augusta Heritage 021, Melvin Wine - Hannah at the Springhouse (1989) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D [de]-|[d2f2] ff gfge|fafd AecA|d2[df](f g)fge|fded- d2[de]-| [df]dff gfge|fafd AecA|d2[df](f g)fge|fded- d2[de]-|| |:[df]ded BdAd|B[e2e2]e [e3e3](e|f)ded BdAd|Beec d2[de]-:|]
DEVIL IN THE WOODPILE . American, Reel. USA, West Virginia. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A story from the fiddling Hammons clan of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, tells of one member of the family, Old Pete Hammons, who made the mistake of continuing to fiddle for a Saturday night dance after midnight had struck. He returned home and put the fiddle on its peg on the wall, but later in the night heard the instrument playing "Devil in the Woodpile" by itself. Hammons had to burn the instrument to cease the phenomenon and is said to never have touched a fiddle again (Milnes, Play of a Fiddle, 1999, p. 9).