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X:1 T:Meg Gray N:From the playing of fiddler George Lee Hawkins N:(1904-1991, Bath County, northeastern Ky.), recorded N:in the field in 1973. M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Moderate" N:Play ABACA D:George Lee Hawkins - "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky vol. 1" (1997) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/meg-gray Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Emin [A2e2]-||S[Ae]fed B2[A2A2]|GBAG [B,2E2] [B,2E2]|DEGA BGAG|(B2+slide+[e2e2])[ee][e2e2][e2e2]-| [Ae]fed (Bc)BA|GBAD [B,2E2] [B,2E2]|EEGA Bded|B[A2A2]A [A2A2][A2e2]-| [Ae]fed (Bd)BA|GBAG [B,2E2] [B,2E2]|DEGA BGAG|(B2+slide+[e2e2])[ee][e2e2]ef| gded BcBA|GBAG [B,2E2] [B,2E2]|EFGA Bded|B[A2A2]A [A2A2]|| K:Edor AB|c2 AB c2 AB|c2 ef gfec|dged BGAG|B[D2d2]e d2eB| c2AB c2 AB|cdef gage|dged BGAd|B2[A2A2][A2A2]|| e2|:d2B2 BAGB|d2[D2B2][D3B3]e|g2b2a2g2|1[e4e4][e2e2]B-d-:|2 [e4e4][e2e2]efS||



MAGGIE GREY. AKA - "Maggie Gray," "Margaret Grey," "Meg Grey/Gray." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. E Minor ('A' part), A Mixolydian ('B' part) & G Major ('C' part). Standard tuning or GCgd (fiddle). AABBCC (Titon): AABB'BB'CC (Phillips). Mark Wilson writes that source George Lee Hawkins (1904-1991, Bath County, Kentucky) fashioned the tune from a banjo player's tune he heard when he was a boy. Hawkins was a friend and fiddling buddy of John W. Summers, notes fiddler Joel Shimberg. There is a possibility that the third part did not originally go to the tune, according to Kerry Blech, but rather became attached after "floating" from another tune. He points out that Hawkins, while he always did play the third part, would not play it in order, but would rather insert it into the sequence of parts seemingly at will. See also the related tune "Cattle in the Cane (1)". Shimberg also sees some similarities with Tennessee fiddler Allen Sisson's "Sally Brown Jig."

Additional notes

Kentucky fiddler George Lee Hawkins

Sources for notated versions: - Kerry Blech (Florida) [Phillips]; George Hawkins (Bethel, Bath County, Kentucky), learned from a banjo player [Titon].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes vol. 1), 1994; p. 148. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 98, p. 127.

Recorded sources: -Leatherwood (cassette), Bruce Greene - "Vintage Fiddle Tunes" (1987). Rounder 0376, George Hawkins - "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, vol. 1; Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers (1997. Various artists). Rounder 0380, Roger Cooper - "Goin' Back to Kentucky" (1997). Jeanie Murphy & Scott Marckx - "Time's been Sweet" (1998).

See also listing at:
Hear George Hawkins play the tune at Slippery Hill [1] [2]
Hear/see Dave Bragger's teaching videos of the tune [3] [4]
The Old-Time Herald, volume 7, Number 6 for more on George Lee Hawkins.



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