Old Blind Sow She Stole the Middlins

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X:1 T:Old Blind Sow, She Stole Stole the Middlins S:John W. "Dick" Summers (1887-1976, Marion, Indiana) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:Play AABCDCD N:From a 1972 field recording by Armin Barnett D: F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/old-blind-sow-she-stole-middlins Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G ef|gage dged|BAGB dBGB|AFDF AcBA|GBGB d2ef| gage dged|BAGB dBGB|AFAF AcBA |G2G4 ef| g2g2 dged|BAGB dBGB|AFAF AcBA|GBGB d2g2-| gage dged| |BAGB dBGB|AFAF AcBA |G2G4|| GE|D2 B,2 DEGA| BGBc dBGB|AFAF AcBA|GAGE DB,G,B,| DB,G,B, DEGA|BGBc dBGB|AFAF AcBA |G2G4(GE| D2)B,2 DEGA|BGBc dBGB|A2A2 AFAc|BAGE DB,G,B,| DB,G,B, GDGA|BGBc dBGB|AFDF AcBA|G2 G4||

OLD BLIND SOW, SHE STOLE THE MIDDLINS. AKA and see "Paddy O'Meaghan's Reel." American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard or GDgd tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. Stacy Phillips printed the tune twice in his Traditional American Fiddles Tunes (1994) under the titles "Old Blind Sow She Stole the Middlins" and as "Paddy O'Meaghan's Reel." Both tunes are attributed to Indiana fiddler John W. Summers, and are very close but not identical, and probably come from two different recordings. "Paddy O'Meaghan's Reel" appears to be transcribed from a 1972 field recording by Armin Barnett. There are some similarities between "Old Blind Sow" and the British Isles tunes "<incipit title="load:Navvie" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Navvie on the Line">Navvie on the Line</incipit>" and "<incipit title="load:London" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/London Hornpipe (1)">London Hornpipe (1)</incipit>." See also "Montreal Hornpipe."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - John Summers (Indiana) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 168.

Recorded sources: -Rounder 0194, John W. Summers - "Indiana Fiddler" (1984). Rounder 1166, John W. Summers - "The Art of Old-Time Mountain Music" (2002. Various artists).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear the tune played on youtube.com [2] [3]
Hear John Summer's 1972 field recording (by Armin Barnett) at Slippery Hill [4]
See Mark Wardenburg's standard notation transcription [5]

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