Horses in the Canebrake

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X:1 T:Horses in the Canebrake S:Jake Phelps & Street Butler N:Recorded 1965 by D.K. Wilgus & Yvonne Gregory M:C| L:1/8 F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/horses-canebreak Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G [G,G](A|Bd)ed e3d|(Bd)gd (Bd)gd|(Bd)e2 e2d2|BGAF G2(A2| B)def e3d|(Bd)gd (Bd)gd|(Bd)ef e2d2|BGAB G2 G2|| [G,2G2] ga gedg|ega2 a2b2|aged edBd|edgd e2[G,2G2]-| [G,2D2]ga gedg|ega2 a2b2|aged edBd|edgd e2||



HORSES IN THE CANEBRAKE. AKA - "Hosses in the Canebreak." AKA and see "Wild Horse in the Cane Break." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Canebrake is a naturally occurring, tall-growing plant that was once used by farmers who resided where it grew as an enclosure for livestock. Titon says this appears to be a local tune, not related to the well-known (albeit relatedly entitled) "Cattle in the Cane (1)." There is an early 20th century newspaper record of a tune called "Wild Hog in the Cane-Break" being played at a contest in Alabama, but it is unknown if there is any relationship.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - William Lee "Jake" Phelps (1875-1977, and Street Butler (Pea Ridge, Todd County, Ky., recorded by folklorist D.K. Wilgus and Yvonne Gregory, 1965) [Titon]. The tune was also recorded in the field by Bruce Greene from Phelps in 1973, but Phelps's performance seems to have deteriorated from the 1965 recording.

Printed sources : - Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 63, p. 93.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 0215, James Bryan - "The First of May."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1], [2]
Hear Jake Phelps & Street Butler's 1965 recording by D.K. Wilgus & Yvonne Gregory at Slippery Hill [3]
Hear Jake Phelps's 1973 field recording by Bruce Greene at Slippery Hill [4] and at the Digital Library of Appalachia [5]
See Janet Burton's banjo tab for the tune [6]



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