Old Aunt Sally

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OLD AUNT SALLY. AKA - "My Old Aunt Sally." American, Air. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. 19th century Boston publisher Elias Howe included the tune in his section of "Ethiopian Melodies," consisting of melodies from the mid-19th century minstrel stage. "My Old Aunt Sally" is the title of a song by blackface minstrel Dan Emmett, first published in 1843. It is mentioned in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountain fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954.

Daniel Decatur Emmett (1815-1904)



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Chaff (The Complete Preceptor for the Banjo), 1851; p. 5. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 42.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear the tune played on fretless banjo by Timothy Twiss on youtube.com [1]




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