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X:1 T:Lone Prairie N:From the playing of fiddler Wade Ward (1892-1971, Independence, Virginia) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Moderately Quick" N:AEae tuning (fiddle) D:Folkways FW02380, Wade Ward - "Uncle Wade" (1973) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/lone-prairie Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A [A2A2][AA][Ac] [A2A2][GA][AA]|[A2c2][AA]-[Ac][A2A2][G2A2]|[A2A2][AA][Ac] [A2A2][GA][AA]| [A2c2][d2e2] [de]- [e3e3]-| [ee]d c2[e2e2][e2e2]|+slide+=g6{g} a2|{=g}(3age c2[de]- [e3e3]-|[ee]d c2[de]- [e2e2](e/c/4d/4| [ee])dcA A4-| A2cA E2G2|A4- AGEG:|



Wade Ward and Charlie Higgins, Galax, 1961.

LONE PRAIRIE. American, Air or Listening Tune (cut or 2/4 time). A Major/Mixolydian. AEae tuning (fiddle). One part. The archaic-sounding "Lone Prairie" is a one-part modal air that was in the repertoire of fiddler and banjo player Wade Ward (1892-1971), of Independence, southwest Virginia. The tune was thought by Ward to be "indigenous" to the region. The title may be a shortened form of the song-line "Bury me not on the lone prairie," a song which Wade's brother, Fields Ward, recorded [1]. See also Jon Bekoff's D modal version of the tune as "Lonesome Prairie," which shows some 'folk-processing' and musical distance from Ward's recording, but still recognizable as the same core melody.


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Recorded sources : - Folkways FA 2363, "The Music of Roscoe Holcomb and Wade Ward" (1962). Folkways FW02380, Wade Ward - "Uncle Wade" (1973. Cut recorded in 1961). Smithsonian Folkways SF 40097, Wade Ward - "Close to Home: Old Time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection, 1952 – 1967" (1997. Various artists).

See also listing at :
Hear Wade Ward's 1961 recording at Slippery Hill [1] and youtube.com [2]



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  1. See Rounder Records, 0086, Fields Ward - "Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie", 1973.