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PORTSMOUTH WINDER. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title refers to Portsmouth, Ohio, a town in the far southern part of the state, just east of the mouth of the Scioto River at the Ohio River, and across from Kentucky. Source John Hilt learned the tune from his father who called it “N....r Winder.” A ‘winder’ was an old-time dance form (as in ‘to wind around’), related to the 'grapevine twist' of modern square dancing.

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Recorded sources: Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Ray Hilt (et al) – “The Art of Traditional Fiddle” (2001).




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