Gal on the Log (2)
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GAL ON THE LOG . American, Reel (cut time). A Mixoldyian. Standard tuning (fiddle). A different tune than "Gal on the Log (1)." "Gal on the Log " was recorded by Ft. Worth, Texas, fiddler Moses J. Bonner , 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. 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'."