Lady Hamilton (1)

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X:1 T:Lady Hamilton [1] S:Marcus Martin (Swannanoa, N.C.) M:C| L:1/8 N:Martin played the tune ABBCDEABA. F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Gmix +slide+[G2B2]GF DF G2|+slide+[G2B2]GF DFGA|Bcde fagf|dedc B[G2B2]F |DFGA BdcA |B[G2B2]F [G4B4]| +slide+[G2B2]GF DF G2|+slide+[G2B2]GF DFGA| B(cde) fagf|dedc BG2F|DFGA BdcA|B[G2B2][GB][G2B2]|| |:ga|g2d2{e}[d2^f2]dc|(_B<=B)G2G2ga|gdga bage|[M:2/4]d2 ga| [M:C|]baba gd2(e|fd)cA F3(A|[M:2/4]BG2)F |[M:C|]DFGA BdcA |BG2G [G2B2]:| [GB]F|DF F2 DF F2|[G2d2][G2c2]BG2F|DFGA BdcA|B[G3B3][G2B2][GB]F| DF F2 DF F2|[G2d2][G2c2]BG2F|DFGA BdcA|B[G2B2]G- GABc|| d3(e ^f)age|dedc B[G2B2]F|DFGA BdcA| BG2G [G2B2]|| ecgc ecgc|acgc ecg2|a2b2 c'3e|fefe fagf| ecgc ecgc| [M:6/4]ecgc acgc ec [c2g2]|[M:C|][c2a2][c2b2][c3c'3]e|fefe fagf|[M:2/4]ec3| [M:C|]G3A GFDF|[M:3/4]GABd cA |[M:C|]B[G2B2][FB][G4B4]|]

Manco Snead. Photo by Blanton Owen
LADY HAMILTON [1]. American, Reel. USA; Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee. G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Krassen): ABB (Phillips): AABB (Hartford/Devil's Box). Blanton Owen believes the tune was learned by North Carolina fiddler Manco Sneed [1] from J. Dedrick Harris (eastern Tenn.). Harris was a native of Tennessee who regularly fiddled with Bob Taylor when the latter ran for Governor of that state in the late 1800's. He moved to western North Carolina in the 1920's and greatly influenced a generation of young fiddlers there, including Manco Sneed, Bill Hensley, Osey Helton and Marcus Martin (1881-1974). The latter two also played "Lady Hamilton" and there are recordings of Martin's version circulating privately-Martin played the tune in G major fingering position, however, his fiddle was tuned a whole-step down so it sounds in F. The tune was considered a 'signature piece' of Sneed's. It was also in the repertoire of fiddler Tommy Magness (1911–1972), born in north Georgia near the southeastern Tennessee border. There is a light resemblance to the Irish reel "Eileen Curran's," notes Miles Krassen (1983).

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Manco Sneed (Graham County, N.C.) [Krassen, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 26, No. 3, Fall 1992; p. 53. Krassen (Masters of Old-Time Fiddling), 1983; p. 123. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 74. "Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians: Traditional Fiddle Tunes," North Carolina Folklore Journal, vol. 12, no. 2 (Dec. 1964), pp. 1–8 (contains a transcription of a version by Marcus Martin of Ararat, N.C.).

Recorded sources : - Field Recorder's Collective FRC505, "Manco Snead and the Indians." Southern Folklife Collection SFC CD-100, Marcus Martin - "When I Get My New House Done."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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