Possum Trot (1)

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POSSUM TROT [1]. Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, southwestern Va. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB. Tom Carter and Blanton Owen (1976) say the tune has not been recorded outside of Patrick County, Va. They recorded it from Bill Shelor [1] who learned the tune from an uncle, Will Shelor, and who said the tune was titled because it sounds very much like a possum trotting. A tune by this same name (there are other "Possum Trots") was listed by the Troy Herald of July 6, 1926, as having been played at a fiddlers' convention at the Pike County (southeast Alabama) Fairgrounds.

Source for notated version: Bill Shelor [Phillips].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 187.

Recorded sources: Rounder 0057, Bill Shelor (Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, Va.) - Old Originals, vol. 1" (1978).

See also listing at:
See/hear the tune played by Vincent Blin and Jean-François Le Guilcher on youtube.com [2]
Hear Bill Shelor's 1974 field recording at Slippery Hill [3]

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