X:1 T:Robert's Serenade C:Robert Sykes (North Carolina) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Z:Transcribed by Andy Kuntz K:A (3efg|:aaga e2 +slide+f2|\ M:6/4 L:1/8 ecB2 A3 B A2 eg|\ M:C| L:1/8 aaga edc2|e3 ([de][e2e2])eg| aaga e2 +slide+f2|ecB2 A3 B|A2 AB A2 AB|cBA2 ec B2|1 A3B A2eg:|\ M:6/4 L:1/8 |2 A3B A2 (GA3) AB|| M:C| L:1/8 |:cBAB ce2e|a2(A2 A2) AB|cBAc ecB2|\ M:6/4 L:1/8 A3B A2 ([GA][A3A3])AB| M:C| L:1/8 cBAB c[c2e2]e|a2(A2 A2) AB|cBAc ecB2|\ M:6/4 L:1/8 A3B A2 ([GA][A3A3])AB| cBAB ce2e|a2(A2 A2) AB|cBAc ecB2|A3B A2 eg||
ROBERT'S SERENADE. American, Reel. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). A piece by fiddler Robert Sykes (1914-1994) of Surry County, North Carolina. Sykes was a farmer, carpenter and factory worker and operated a couple of Farmers' Cooperative Exchange stores in the 1960's, according to Marty McGee (Traditional Musicians of the Blue Ridge, 2000). He spent his retirement years in Surry County, settling in the community of Toast, near Mount Airy, where his neighbor, fiddler Tommy Jarrell, encouraged him to start playing again. Sykes played during to 1980's with community musicians and for performances on WPAQ, Mt. Airy. He died in November, 1994.