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X:1 T:John Sharp's Hornpipe T:Sharp's Hornpipe [1] S:John Sharp (1894-1964, Sharp Place, Jamestown, Cumberland Plateau, northern Tennessee) M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Fast" N:From a 1949 home recording by Sgt. Alvin York N:AEae tuning (fiddle) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/sharps-hornpipe Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Amix E2-|EFEC D2DF|ECEG A2Ac|BABc dAcA|BcdB AGFD| E2CC D2DF|ECEG A2AB|c2Ag afed|cABG A2:| K:A (ef/g/|a2)g2f2e2|gebe gebe|a2g2f2e2|gebf e2 a2-| abaf edcA|dBed cAB=G|A2 (ef/g/ a)fed|cAB=G A2:|]



JOHN SHARP'S HORNPIPE. AKA and see "John Sharp's Tune," "John Sharp's Reel," "Sharp's Hornpipe (1)." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). USA, Cumberland Plateau region of Ky./Tenn. A Major/Mixolydian. AEae or standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Phillips): AA'BB' (Milliner-Koken). John Sharp's band, the Kentucky Wildcats, was a popular Cumberland Plateau string band in the 1920's and 1930's. Sharp, born in 1894, recorded this tune and others in 1949 on a home disk cutter purchased by his neighbor, the decorated World War I veteran Alvin York. The melody is a variant of "Miller's Reel (1)." Kerry Blech thinks Indiana fiddler Dick Summers' “Same Time Today as it was Yesterday" is a related tune [1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Pete Sutherland (Vermont) [Phillips]; John Sharp [Milliner-Koken, Phillips].


Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2015; p. 596 (as "Sharp's Hornpipe"). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 127 (appears as "John Sharp's Tune"). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 225.Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 113.

Recorded sources : - County Records , John Sharp Band – "Five Miles Out of Town—Traditional Music from the Cumberland Plateau, vol. 2." County 787, John Lusk Band (Ky.) "Five Miles Out of Town: Traditional Music From the Cumberland Plateau, vol. 2." County CD 2728, CD, Rafe Stefanini - "Hell and Scissors" (1999, as "Same Time Today as it was Yesterday"). Flying Fish FF 336, Pete Sutherland - "Poor Man's Dream" (1984, as "Coal Black Morning"). Marimac 9009, Chad Crumm – "Old Time Friends" (1987).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]



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  1. FIDDLE-L, 5/28/96.