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X:1 T:Old Blue Sow N:From the playing of fiddler Enos Canoy (1909-1970, born and died in N:Magee, Simpson County, central Mississippi), recorded by Herbert N:Halpert for the Library of Congress. Enos's brother Tim and Tim's wife, N:Lola (on mandolin & guitar, respectively) accompanied him. M:C| R:Reel Q:"Fast" N:Play AABA'CCC D:Library of Congress AFS 03054 A01, Enos Canoy (1939) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/old-blue-sow Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A P:A [c2e2]-|[e3e3][ee]-[e3e3][e2e2]-|[ee](BcB) A2[c2e2]-|[e3e3][ee][e2e2][e2e2]-|[ee](BcB) A2c2| c3B- B2c2-|ddc-B A2 c2|{=c}^c3c B2 c2-|ddcB A2:| P:B c2|J[c3e3]c fcec|eccc ccec|[c3e3][=ce]- [^c3e3]c|ccfc ecBc| ccec c2B-c-|ccfc ecAB|ccfc- c2c-"4"e-|ecB2 A2c2|| P:A' J[e3e3][ee] [e2e2]J[e2e2]-|[ee](BcB) B2c2|d2 cB A2c2|J[e3e3][ee] [e2e2]J[e2e2]-| [ee](BcB) A2c2|{B}c3cB2c2|ddB2A2EF|[A3A4][AA][A2A2]|| P:C K:D ag|fdd2 d2A2|FDFD- E2ag|fd d2 d2A2|FDEF D2:|]

OLD BLUE SOW. American, Reel (cut time). USA; Arkansas, Mississippi. A Major & D Major. Standard or ADae (Bruce Molsky) tunings (fiddle). Most modern versions are modeled after a 1939 recording by Magee, Simpson County, central Mississippi, fiddler Enos Canoy (1909-1970), who had learned the tune from an uncle, Robert Runnels, from Simpson County, Mississippi. Tom Rankin (1985) says of the tune: "This piece is less an identifiable melody than a patchwork of harmonic textures woven with a series of rhythmic bowing patterns." The title appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountain fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954.

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Cartunes 105, Bruce Molsky and Bob Carlin - "Take Me as I Am" (2004. Sourced to Enos Canoy). Marimac Records 9023, Bob Carlin and Bruce Molsky--"Take Me As I Am." Mississippi Department of Archives and History AH-002, Enos Canoy and the Canoy Band - "Great Big Yam Potatoes: Anglo-American Fiddle Music from Mississippi" (1985. Originally recorded for the Library of Congress in 1939). The Crooked Jades - "The Unfortunate Rake, Volume 1" (2000).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear/see the tune played by Molly and Dan Tenenbaum on youtube.com [2]

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