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X:1 T:Red Bird Reel M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Fast" N:From the playing of Bob Walters (1889-1960, Burt County, eastern Nebraska) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/red-bird-reel Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A (3agf e2c4 |(3agf e2a4 |(3agf ec c2c2| BAGB A4| (3agf e2c4 |(3agf e2a4|eagf edcA|BAGB A2A2:| |:EAAA A2A2|BABA c2c2|EAAA A2A2|BAGB A2A2| EAAA [A2c2][A2c2]|BABA c2c2|eagf edcA|BAGB A2A2:|]



RED BIRD REEL. American, Reel (cut time). USA; Iowa, Nebraska. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Red Bird Reel" is an imitative melody from the playing of eastern Nebraska fiddler Bob Walters (1889-1960). It is perhaps a version of the West Virginia “Red Bird (2)” recorded by Clark Kessinger, related to “Karo” and “Bull at the Wagon.” Collector R.P. Christeson, who recorded Nebraska radio fiddler Bob Walters playing the tune in 1950, apparently did not think much of the tune as he requested Walters play his version after Christeson heard a live band playing a "Red Bird" tune over station KFNF, Shenandoah, Iowa. He included the tune in his volume "as part of the record, but there are other tunes more desirable."
Bob Walters, with fiddle



Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Bob Walters (Burt County, eastern Nebraska) [Christeson].

Printed sources : - R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; No. 20, p. 16.

Recorded sources: -Missouri State Old Time Fiddler's Association MSOTFA 109, Bob Walters - "Paddy on the Turnpike."

See also listing at:
Hear Christeson's field recording of Bob Walters playing the tune at Slippery Hill [1]



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