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X:1 T:Polly Grand S:John Salyer (1882-1952, Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 N:From home recordings 1940-41 D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/polly-grand-0 D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/4230 N:AEae tuning Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Amix [A,2A2]efg2d2|efga b2a2|baga b2ab|g2ed cAEG| [A,2A2]efg2d2|efga b2a2|baga b2ab|g2ed cAEG|[M:2/4][A,4A4]|| +slide+[c4e4][A,4E4]|ABAG [A,4E4]|cBAB cded|cAEG [A,2A2]e[de]| [c2e2]A^G [A,2E2]Ad|c2Ac B2Ad|[c2e2]A^G[A,2E2]Ad|c2Ac B2Ad| [c2e2]A^G[A,2E2]Ad|c2Ac (B/c/B) Ad|[c2e2]A^G [A,2E2]Ad| c2egf2e[de]| [c2e2]A[^GA][E2A2]Ad|c2Ac (B/c/B) Ad| cAB^G||"last time"[A,4A4]||



POLLY GRAND. AKA – “Polly Grant.” Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. A Mixolydian/Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AABB’. "Polly Grand" was in the repertoire of Magoffin County, Kentucky, fiddler John M. Salyer (1882-1952), who is the only musician known to have played it, according to Jeff Titon (2001). The name of the tune has been heard as the distressed title “Pollygram.” The tune may have been listed on an old label as “Polly Grand father’s tune,” which may mean ‘grandfather’s tune’ or ‘father’s tune.” Bruce Green listed it on his Berea tape as “Polly Grand.”
John M. Salyer


Additional notes

Source for notated version: - John M. Salyer (Salyersville, Magoffin County, Ky., 1941) [Titon].

Printed sources : - Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 127, p. 154.

Recorded sources: - Berea College Appalachian Center AC003, “John M. Salyer: Home Recordings 1941-42” (1993). Yodel-Ay-Hee 003, “Dirk Powell and John Hermann” (1992).

See also listing at:
Hear John Salyer's 1941 recording at Slippery Hill [1], the Digital Library of Appalachia [2], and at Berea Sound Archive [3]



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