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X:1 T:Inch Along T:Nig, Inch Along S:Luther Strong (1892-1962, Perry County, east Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Very Fast" N:GDad tuning (fiddle) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/inch-along D:Library of Congress AFS 01531 B03 (1937) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G ([Bd][d2d2])[dd] [d2d2]df|e[d2d2][dd] [d2d2]d/c/B-|BddB AG2B|AGEG D2(B/4c/4B/A)| ([Bd][dd])[d2d2][d2d2]df|(e[d2d2])[dd][d2d2](B/c/B)-|Bcdc BG2B|AGEG D2GA|| [EB]ABG DEGA|[EB]dBG D2GA|[EB]dBG DEGB|AGEG D2GA| BABG AG2A|BG[G2B2][G2B2]Bc|BG [G2B2] AG2B|AGEG D2|| P:Alternate 'B' part GA|[EB][Ed][EB]G DEGA|[EB][Ed][EB]G D2GA|[EB][Ed][EB]G D2GA|[GB]A[GB]G D4||



INCH ALONG. AKA and see "Nig Inch Along." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). G Major. GDad tuning (fiddle). AA'B. The tune is sourced to Kentucky fiddler Luther Strong, recorded at Hazzard, Perry County, east Kentucky, in 1937, by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax under the title "Nig Inch Along". The Lomax's also recorded Hyden, Kentucky, fiddler Theophilus G. Hoskins playing his version of the reel on the same recording trip. Later it was recorded in the field by Bear Branch, east Kentucky, fiddler James Crase, in August, 1960 (AFS 15059A). See also the related "Cotton Eyed Joe" and "Indian Nation (2)."

Inch along, keep a-pushin on,
Inch along, keep a-pushin on,
Get along buddy, keep a-movin, inch along.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Luther Strong (1892-1962, Hazard, Perry County, east Ky.) [Milliner & Koken].

Printed sources : - Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 315.

Recorded sources : - Flying Fish FF-336, Pete Sutherland – "Poor Man's Dream" (1984). Library of Congress AFS 01531 B03, Luther Strong (1937). Yazoo 2013, Luther Strong – "Music of Kentucky, vol. 2" (1995).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Luther Strong's 1937 field recording (by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax) at Juneberry 78's [2] and Slippery Hill [3]
Hear Theophilus G. Hoskin's 1937 field recording by the Lomax's at the Internet Archive [4]



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