Essence of Sugar Cane

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ESSENCE OF SUGAR CANE. American, ("Slow") Jig. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB (Cole): AA'AA'BB (Phillips). The tune is written as a jig in Phillips collection, and as a slow 4/4 dance in Ryan's/Cole's; it has a dotted rhythm similar to a clog or hornpipe, which can be rendered in either duple or triple time. John Hartford believes the tune similar to "Darkey's Dream/Darkie's Dream." Bayard (1981) sees a general resemblance to "Fred Wilson's Clog" or "Harvest Home." See also the variant "Acorn Stomp," recorded by the East Texas Serenaders in 1928, and the Irish barndance derivative "Offally Favorite."

Source for notated version: Jehile Kirkhuff (Pa.) [Phillips].

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 24. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 364. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883

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