Old Sage Fields (1)

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OLD SAGE FIELDS [2]. AKA - "Old Sagefields." AKA and see "Old Sage Friend." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Cumberland Plateau region of south-central Ky./north Tenn. border. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBAABBCCDDAA (Phillips): ABACDEBABECDE (Titon). The original title may perhaps be "Old Sage Friend," not "Old Sage Fields." The latter title comes from Kentucky fiddler Jim Bowles (1903-1993) who learned the tune from local musicians. A tune by this name was also in the repertoire of Kentucky fiddler Sammy Walker, but it is a different melody, reminiscent of "Barlow Knife (1)" (see "Old Sage Fields (2)"). Irregular in form, Bowles mixed the parts of the tune on the recording.

Source for notated version: Jere Canote [Phillips]; (Jim Bowles, Rock Bridge, Monroe County, Ky., 1959) [Titon].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 174. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Music), 2001; No. 118, p. 146.

Recorded sources: Marimac 9000, Dan Gellert & Shoofly - "Forked Deer" (1986. Learned from a field recording of Ky. fiddler Jim Bowles). Marimac 9060, Jim Bowles (1903-1993, Ky.) - "Railroad Through the Rocky Mountians" (1994).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Jim Bowles's 1959 recording at Slippery Hill [2] and at Berea Sound Archives [3]




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