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ICY MOUNTAIN. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, West Virginia. D Mixolydian. Standard or AEae tunings (fiddle). AABB. There is a song collected in Kentucky by this title given by Roberts (p. 105), which is a variant of "My Home's Across the Smoky Mountains" or "My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains;" it seems unrelated to this breakdown piece. However, the tune in circulation by this title was collected from Ward Jarvis (b. 1894), originally of Braxton County, West Virginia (later of southeastern Ohio, where he moved in the 1940's to work in the timber industry), who learned it from a Clay County (W.Va.) left-handed fiddler by the name Frank Santy.

Ward Jarvis

Source for notated version: Ward Jarvis [Milliner & Koken].

Printed sources: Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; pp. 310-311. Spadaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; p. 15.

Recorded sources: Front Hall 017, Michael, McCreesh, & Campbell - "Dance Like the Waves of the Sea" (1978). Rounder 0132, Bob Carlin - "Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo" (1980). CD2001, "The Rough Deal Stringband."

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