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X:1 T:Piedmont N:From the playing of fiddler Art Galbraith (1909-1993, Springfield, Mo., though N:originally from Greene County, Mo., Ozarks region). M:C| L:1/8 R:Schottische Q:"Quick" D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/piedmont D:Art Galbraith - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks vol. 2" (2000) Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D A2 de f2 df|a2d2f2d2|A2 e(f gfe)g|b2a2f2d2| A2 de f2 df|a2d2f2d2|[A2e2] ef gfed|1c2A2 d3B:|2 c2A2 d4|| |:a4 a2 gg|b2e2 b2 ee|+slide+g3a g2fg|a2 ge f2d2| fdfd [d2f2][d2f2]|B2 gfg2 ge|c2aa a2gf edcA|(d2[d4f4]) [d2f2]:|



PIEDMONT. American, Schottische (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. Source Galbraith thought it might have been a tune from Scotland, although the stately-paced reel sounds more like a generic quadrille or schottische. It is probably named for Piedmont, Missouri, a small town at the eastern edge of the Ozarks.

Additional notes

Art Galbraith

Source for notated version: - Art Galbraith (1909-1993, near Springfield, Mo.), learned from his Uncle Tobe, who was born in 1853 [Beisswenger & McCann, Phillips]. Galbraith said Tobe was "an older uncle who played very well and played a lot of tunes. I got most of my tunes from him." Galbraith was descended from a long line of prominent local fiddlers, remarks Norm Cohen (Traiditional Anglo-American Folk-Music, 2015). "He taught English for a while, then took a job with the post office. Before retirement he had played frequently at numerous folk festivals and fiddle contests."

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 40. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 184.

Recorded sources: -Dittyville 845121043167, James Bryan and Carl Jones - "Cricket's Lullaby" (2011). Rounder 0157, Art Galbraith - "Simple Pleasures" (1983).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear a 1979 field recording of Art Galbraith playing the tune, from Gordon McCann's collection, on youtube.com [2]
Hear Art Galbraith's 1983 recording at Slippery Hill [3]



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