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X:1 T:Possum Trot [1] N:From the playing of Meadows of Dan, southwestern Va., fiddler Bill N:Shelor, recorded in the field in 1974. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Rounder 0057, Bill Shelor - Old Originals, vol. 1" (1978) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/possum-trot Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D fg|afdf afdf|afaf bfbf|afdf afdf|gfef e2fg| afdf afdf|afaf bfbf|a2ba fedf|e2 d2 d2:| |:(AB|d)e-e(d BA)dB|A2F2 [F3A3]A-|BABc dcde|fede f2(AB| d)e-e(d BA)dB|A2F2 [F2A2]df-|a2ba fedf-|e2 d2 d2:|]



POSSUM TROT [1]. American, Reel (cut time). 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.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Bill Shelor [Milliner-Koken, Phillips].

Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p 511. 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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