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MY OWN HOUSE WALTZ. AKA - "My Ain Hoose," "My Home" (Mo dhachaidh), "My Home Waltz," "Old Living Room Waltz." Scottish, English, Old-Time; Slow Air or Waltz (3/4 or 6/8 time). A Major [most versions]: A Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part) [Phillips]. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Laufman): AB (Kennedy, Laufman, Phillips, Raven): AABB (Brody): AA'BB' (Kaufman). Scottish versions are generally titled "My Home" (Mo dhachaidh), have a slightly different 'B' part and feature a double tonic at the cadences. Phillips' version, in two keys, is simply a melodic repeat of the same material in the subdominent key. See also the jig/march setting in O'Neill as "Long John's Wedding."

The waltz was popular among "revival" fiddlers of the 1970's, but does not seem to have been in tradition in America prior to then. Instead, it was probably learned from tune books, first by contra-dance musicians, then by old-time.

Source for notated version: Highwoods String Band (Ithica, N.Y.) [Brody]; Ned Phoenix [Phillips].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 201. Kaufman (Beginning Old Time Fiddle), 1977; p. 64. Kennedy (Fiddler's Tune-Book, vol. 2), 1954; p. 28 (appears as "My Home Waltz"). Laufman (Okay, Let's Try a Contra), 1973; p. 15 (appears as "My Home"). Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 13. Matthiesen (The Waltz Book), 1992; p. 37. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 285. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 133.

Recorded sources: Avocet Records, Glasnotes – "Live from Contrafornia." Columbia, Dave Bromberg – "My Own House." F&W Records, "F&W String Band 2." Kicking Mule 216, Strathspey – "New England Contra Dance Music" (1977. Appears as "My Home Waltz"). Marimac 9064D, Lauchlin Stamper & A.C. Overton – "Sally with the Run Down Shoes" (1996. Appears as "Home Waltz;" learned by Stamper from younger fiddlers.). Rounder 0023, Highwoods String Band – "Fire On the Mountain."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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