Gal on the Log (2)

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GAL ON THE LOG [2]. American, Reel (cut time). A Mixoldyian. Standard tuning (fiddle). A different tune than "Gal on the Log (1)." "Gal on the Log [2]" was recorded by Ft. Worth, Texas, fiddler Moses J. Bonner [1], who was born in 1847 in Alabama. It is a double-tonic tune, similar (but not cognate with) "Paddy on the Turnpike (1)," with a strong pulse and rhythmic, hypnotic fiddling. Alan Jabbour[1] identfied Bonner's tune as a variant of "Route (The)," usually associated with West Virginia and southwest Virginia fiddle repertory. Seattle fiddler and musicologist Vivian Williams writes: [One tune called] "'Gal on a Log' was played by fiddler Jake Lake (originally from Cook County, Illinois) at the wedding of Henry Van Asselt and Catherine Jane Maple in a cabin on the Duwamish River, near Seattle, on Christmas Day, 1862, according to an account written by the bride's brother, John Wesley Maple. Other tunes played at that wedding: The Unfortunate Dog', 'Fishers Hornpipe', 'The King's Head', 'Devil's Dream', 'Arkansas Traveller'."

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Document Records DOCD8038 "Texas Fiddle Bands Vol 1 1925 – 1930". Victor 19699-A (78 RPM), Capt. M.J. Bonner (1925).

See also listing at :
Hear M.J. Bonner's 1925 recording at Slippery Hill [2]

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  1. Liner notes to AFS-L65-L66, "The Hammons Family" (1973).