Little Gal Will Fool Me

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X:1 T:Little Gal'l Fool Me N:From the playing of fiddler Joe Birchfield with the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, N:recorded in 1982. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Down-CD -001, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers - "Down Home" (2000) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D e-f-|:f3a fedd|fded d2d2|Jc3c- c2ea|1fdec d2d2:|2 fdec d2|| dB|:A2F2D2Ad|BGBG BBBB|A2F2D2 eg|1,2 fdec d2 (3dcB:|3fdec d2||

Joe Birchfield
LITTLE GAL WILL FOOL ME. AKA - "Little Gal'll Fool Ya." American, Reel (cut or 2/4 time). D Major. "Little Gal'l Fool Me" is from Carter County, northeast Tennessee, fiddler Joe Birchfield with his band The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. Birchfield (1912-2002) was raised in a musical family whose various members played several instruments, and included excellent fiddlers, including his father and particularly one of his uncles from whom he learned much of his repertory. His paternal grandmother also played the fiddle, as he told interviewer Frank Weston in 1982:

She said, about an hour before she died, she laid up in her bed and said, ‘Bring me my fiddle, I want to play a piece or two.’ She played two or three tunes and laid the fiddle down and was dead. That was from way back, that was my dad’s mother, it was inherited in the family of all of them.

The tune was recorded by the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, however the band was not an old one, having been formed in 1976 around the nucleus of Joe Birchfield's fiddling and brother Creed Birchfield's banjo playing.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (The Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 391.

Recorded sources : - Cloudlands – 001, "The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. Roan Mountain Hilltoppers - "Down Home" (2000).

See also listing at :
Hear the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers recording at Slippery Hill [1]

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