Hannah at the Springhouse

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X:1 T:Hannah at the Springhouse N:From the playing of fiddler Melvin Wine (1909-2003, Copen, Braxton County, N:central West Virginia) on a Berea College performance video. N:Wine plays with a pronounced backbeat. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/7363 D:Marimac AHS-2 (cass.), Melvin Wine - Hannah at the Springhouse (1989) Z:Andrew Kuntz K:Amix [GA]-[AA]-|[AA]Bcd e2 ef|geaf edc2|A(Bc)d- e2ef|gea-g e4| J[AA]-[AB][Ac]d e2ef|geaf ed-B2|{B}=c4 E3-F|GB-AG EE E2| =c2AE- GB-AG|[M:3/2] EJ[A3A3] J[A4A4] [A4A4]||[M:C|]J[e4e4] efed| =c-^cAG E2 EF| GB-AG EE E2 |J=c2A2 GB-AG|(E[AA])[AA][AA] [A2A2]AB-| =cBcD E2F2|GB-AG EEE2|[E2=c2][E2A2]GB-AG|(E[AA])[AA][AA] [A4A4]||



HANNAH AT THE SPRINGHOUSE. American, Reel (cut time). USA, West Virginia. A Mixolydian ('A' part) & A Dorian ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Hannah in the Springhouse" was in the repertoire of legendary fiddler Lewis Johnson "Uncle" Jack McElwain [1] (1856-1938) of White Oak, a tributary of Laurel Creek, near the village of Erbacon, Webster County, West Virginia.
Jack McElwaine



Local lore, remarks West Virginia musician and folklorist Gerry Milnes (Play of a Fiddle, 1999), gives that Erbacon was named by the habit of the cook at the local hotel, who invariably asked, "Do you want ham 'r bacon? Investigating further, Milnes found that the town was actually named for E.R. Bacon, an official with the B & O railroad. Copen, Braxton County, West Virginia, fiddler Melvin Wine (1909-2003) learned the tune from his father, Bob, who had it from his father Nels and Grandfather "Smithy."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Melvin Wine [Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; pp. 282-283. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 60.

Recorded sources : - Augusta Heritage AHR 021 CD, Melvin Wine – "Hannah at the Springhouse" (Reissue of 1989 Marimac cassette AHS-2). [2]


See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]
Listen to Melvin Wine play the tune at Berea Sound Archives [4], Slippery Hill [5], and the Digital Library of Appalachia [6]



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