X:1 T:Meriwether S:W.L. "Jake" Phelps (born 1882, Todd County, Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel K:G BdBA GBAG|EGAB A3E|DEGA Bdef|gage dged| B2BA G2AG|EGAB A3E|DEGA B2d2-|dBAF G4:| |:egga gede|egga ge d2|ea- ab aged|egab a3 a| b2 ba ge d2|egga g2d2|efge dcBG|ABAF G4:|]
MERRIWEATHER. AKA - "Meriwether," "Weriwhether." Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Known as a Kentucky tune, although Bobby Fulcher (1986) says the tune only rarely shows up in traditional Kentucky fiddlers' repertoires. Most modern version are modeled after the "Meriwether" of W.L. "Jake" Phelps of Todd County, Kentucky, recorded in the field in 1973 by fiddler Bruce Greene. Phelps was not originally from the Appalachian part of the state but rather from Purchase, on the western side. Although no one knows for certain what the title refers to, it is likely it refers to the name of a prominent 19th century Todd County family named Meriwether (note spelling). Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport recorded the tune for County Records in 1986, although it is likely he learned the tune from Greene. Titon (2001) finds the tune related to the Irish reels "<incipit title="load:tom" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Tom Ward's Downfall">Tom Ward's Downfall</incipit>" and "<incipit title="load:mourne" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Mourne Mountains (1)">Mourne Mountains (1)</incipit>," and opines that it is a "rare, appealing, and well-constructed tune."
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