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X:1 T:Fun's All Over [1], The M:C| L:1/8 N:From the playing of J.P. Fraley (1923-2011, N:Denton, Carter Co., Ky.) R:Reel D:Rounder CD 0037, J.P. & Annadene Fraley - Wild Rose of the Mountain (1973) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/funs-all-over Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C [e4e4][e3e3]([eg]|[e2e2])c2A2GA|eg3a2ag|gabg a2g2| [e3e3](g [e2e2])eg|eccA A2G2|BAGB A2G2|1[E3c3]d [E4c4]:|2[E4c4][E2c2]|| |:(3G,A,B,|C2[E2c2][E3c3]G|GGcB A2G2|G,2[G2B2][GB][Gc][GB]G|GABG A2G2| C2[E2c2][Ec][Ed][Ec]E|G2 [E2c2]A2G2|BGAB A2G2|1[E3c3]d [E2c2]:|2 [E4c4][E4c4]||



FUN'S ALL OVER [1], THE. AKA - "Hail, Hail, the Fun's all over." American, Reel (cut time). USA; West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB, AA'BB'. The tune has been identified as an eastern Kentucky, West Virginia fiddle tune. It was first recorded in 1927 for OKeh Records by the duo of Arnod and Irving Williamson (fiddle and guitar, respectively) along with Curry (about whom nothing is known). The West Virginia act were centered around the coal-mining area of Logan County, W.Va., and, although they only recorded their several sides in the 1920's, they were active local musicians for decades. "The Fun's All Over" was also in the repertoire of Cumberland Plateau, Kentucky, African-American fiddler Cuje Bertram [1] (1894-1993), who recorded it on a home tape in 1970, made for his family. See also the high part of "Wild Hog in the Woods (1)." A similar title is "Fiddler's Drunk and the Fun's All Over (The)" and has some musical similarities to the present tune.

The musical motif of the first several measures of the first strain is shared with several tunes in 'C' major in American 'old-time' tradition, including "Lets go Boys the Party's over," "Battle of Droop Mountain," "Devil on a Stump," and "Wag'ner One Step."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - J.P. Fraley (1923-2011, Denton, Ky.) [Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Davis (Devil's Box, vol. 31, No. 3), Fall, 1997; p. 34. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 222. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 93.

Recorded sources : - Field Recorders Collective FRC 303, "Buddy Thomas: Recordings from the collection of Dave Spilkia & Ray Alden" (2015). Flying Cloud FC-203, Kirk Sutphin - "Fiddlin' Around" (2006). Library of Congress AFS 01352 A, John Rector & His Wildcats (1937). Rounder 0037, J.P. Fraley - "Wild Rose of the Mountain" (1973).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Hear Fleming County, northeast Ky., fiddler Alfred Bailey's (1918-1996) 1986 field recording by John Harrod at Berea Sound Archives [3]
Hear John Rector's 1937 L.O.C. recording at Slippery Hill [4]
Hear Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones play John Rector's version at youtube.com [5]
Hear Melvin Wine's "Hail, Hail the Fun's all over" at Slippery Hill [6]



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