Muddy Water (1)

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MUDDY WATER [1]. AKA and see "Durroch's Hornpipe." Old-Time, Breakdown or Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bayard (1944) once thought this tune a version of the Irish Jig "Walls of Liscarroll (The)," but later (1981) reconsidered that it was rather a version of the Pennsylvania tune "Durroch's Hornpipe" (derived from the Irish "O'Dwyer's Hornpipe (1)"). It has been suggested (by, for one, Louie W. Attebery in his article "The Fiddle Tune: An American Artifact" {1979}) that the name change from "Walls of Liscarroll" to "Muddy Water" came about in a process of naturalization due to anti-British sentiments during the War of 1812.

Sarah Armstrong

Source for notated version: Mrs. Sarah Armstrong (Derry, Pa., 1943) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Hill Country Tunes), 1944; No. 43.

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