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DOGGIE ON THE CARPET. AKA - "Doggie on the Carport," "Froggie on the Carport." Old-Time, Breakdown. A Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Songer): AABB' (Phillips). The tune is ultimately sourced to an untitled tune played by Glen Lyn, Virginia, fiddler Henry Reed, who played it briefly while segueing into it, somewhat randomly, while playing another tune, according to Alan Jabbour (who recorded it as "Reel in 'A'" on his album "Henry Reed Reunion"). Jabbour taught the tune in workshops on the West Coast in the late 1970's, and it was picked up by fiddlers there, while undergoing some "folk processing", particularly in the title. The "Dog/Doggie on the Carpet" title was suggested for the unnamed tune by a man in the San Fancisco bay area by a man named E.Z. Mark, on hearing fiddler Greg Canote play it, and the name 'stuck'--more-or-less, as that title itself has been folk-processed and has several variations. More recently, Henry Reed's son, James Reed, told Jabbour that he dreamed that his father called the tune "Looka Here Buddy," and it has been recorded under that title by Virginia fiddler Betty Vornbrock. [see Banjo Hangout discussion. manmademusic - Posted - 01/08/2009: 22:25:33]

Source for notated version: Ruthie Dornfeld (Seattle) [Phillips, Songer].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1. 1994; p. 72. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 81 (appears as "Froggie on the Carport").

Recorded sources: Rounder 0172, Bob Carlin - "Where Did You Get That Hat?" (1982. Learned from Ruth Dornfeld). See also listing at Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index [1].




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