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LIMPING SAL. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Missouri. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. It is perhaps AKA "Limping Sally Waters", a title appears in a list of traditional Ozark Mountain fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph. "Limping Sal" is also the name of a blackface minstrel song, performed by Christy & Campbell's Minstrels and other troupes. It appears in an 1848 songster published by the Christy & Campbell organization, but bears no musical relationship to the breakdown tune.

Source for notated version: African-American fiddler Bill Driver (Cole County, Missouri) [Christeson].

Printed sources: R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; p. 94.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear Bill Driver play the melody played at Slippery Hill [1]




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