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OLD VOILE. AKA - "Old Viole," "Old Voyle." AKA and see "Constitution Hornpipe (3)," "Farewell Mary Ann," "J.B. Miller's Reel," "Reel des chantiers," "Reel du chauffeur." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. The tune comes from Grant County, Kentucky, and was recorded in Richmond, Indiana, by fiddler Frank Miller with the north-central Kentucky group the Blue Ridge Mountaineers on April 3rd, 1929, for Gennett Records (the group also included Clarence McCormick - Harmonica, Alice McCormick - Piano, and Homer Castleman - Banjo). It was named after a man whose name was Viole Franks, a mail carrier in Grant County who played the tune but had no name for it. Field researcher John Harrod collected "Old Voile" from the playing of fiddler Jarvie Hall (accompanied by L.C. Martin and Clarence Skirvin) in Gallatin County, Kentucky, in June, 1978. The tune was collected in Anderson County, Kentucky, under the title "Constitution Hornpipe," and a close variant was similarly collected in Mississippi as "Farewell Mary Ann." In modern time Miller's name seems to have evolved into "J.B." instead of 'Frank', and the tune has been called "J.B. Miller's Hornpipe," with the hornpipe characteristics of the tune emphasized. In fact, the first strain of the tune is a wide-spread and old one, first appearing in Massachusetts keyed-bugle player Ned Kendall's [1] (1808-1861) "Ned Kendall's Hornpipe (2)," but also shared with another old variant, "Reefer's Hornpipe" (dating to the mid-1850's),

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Recorded sources: -Gennett 6870 (78 RPM), Blue Ridge Mountaineers (1929). Morning Star 45005, Blue Ridge Mountaineers - "Way Down South in Dixie." Yodel-Ay-Hee 028, The Monks - "Let Us Play" (1999, as "Old Voyle").

See also listing at:
Hear the Blue Ridge Mountaineers recording at youtube.com [2]
Hear John Harrod's 1978 recording of fiddler Jarvie Hall at the Digital Library of Appalachia [3] and at Berea Sound Archives [4]
See a standard notation transcription by John Lamancusa [5]



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