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JIMMY IN THE SWAMP. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; eastern Kentucky, Nebraska. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. West Virginia fiddler Wilson Douglas stated that regionally (i.e. eastern Kentucky/West Virginia/southern Ohio) influential fiddler Ed Haley played this tune. John Hartford notes that R.P. Christeson's source, Uncle Bob Walters' family moved to Iowa from Kentucky in the mid-1800's and that both Walters' father and grandfather were fiddled. His implication is that this musical family brought the tune to the mid-west from eastern Kentucky.

Uncle Bob Walters (1889-1960)

Source for notated version: Bob Walters (Burt County, Nebraska) [Christeson, Milliner & Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources: R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 86. Milliner & Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 338. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1994; p. 124. Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 102.

Recorded sources: Rounder CD0392, John Hartford – "Wild Hog in the Brush and a Bunch of Others You Might Not Have Heard" (1996).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Bob Walters' recording at Slippery Hill [2]

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