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X:1 T:Midnight [3] S:John Masters (1904-1986, Lexington, Fayette County, central Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Quick" N:Field recording by John Harrod c. 1975 F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/midnight-1 N:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/3470 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz R:Reel K:Amix c3B A2 af|edcA E2EA|+slide+c3(B A2)+slide+cB|A2 FD EDEF| (AB){B}cB Acdf|edcA E2E2|+slide+c3(B A2)+slide+cB|A2 FD EDEF|| e3g fedf|e2 fg af g2|efge fedf|edcA E2E2| e3g fedf|e2 fg af g2|efge fedf|edcA E2A2|| P:1st measure of 1st strain, after 'B' part: +slide+c3B A2df|e



MIDNIGHT [3]. AKA and see "Owl Hoot." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Titon/Woodward): AABB (Titon/Masters). The source for the tune is African-American fiddler Jim Booker, of Jessamine County, Ky., whom Mark Wilson says would play this somewhat odd tune at a dance late in the evening, allegedly in hopes of inducing a fight so that he might take a rest! Both John Masters and Jim Woodward learned the tune from Booker, however, their versions are quite different from one another, and, while still cognate, they stretch the boundaries of the term.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - John Masters (Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., c.1975) [Titon]; Jim Woodward (Camp Nelson, Jessamine County, Ky., 1979) [Titon].

Printed sources : - Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; Nos. 104A, 104B, pp. 132–133.

Recorded sources: -McDirlam Greene MGP Productions, Bruce Greene & Hilary Dirlam – "Fiddler's Dozen" (1994. Learned from African-American fiddler Jim Booker via Frankfort, Ky., fiddler Kelly Gilbert {or vice-versa}). Rounder CD 0377, "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Vol. 2." Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Jim Woodward (et al) – "The Art of Traditional Fiddle" (2001. Woodward was an elderly white farmer who knew Booker and played some of his tunes).

See also listing at:
Hear John Master's recording made in the field in the 1980's by John Harrod at Berea Sound Archives [1] and Slippery Hill [ https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/midnight-1]



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