Rock the Cradle Joe (2)

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ROCK THE CRADLE JOE [2]. Old-Time, Breakdown. A version of “Rock the Cradle Joe (1)," from the playing of fiddler Franklin George (1928-2017), born in Bluefield in southern West Virginia, who learned the tune from Jim Farthing who ws originally from Franklin County, Va. Gerry Milnes says this version “maintains much more character and melody” than the “watered-down” version that has long been a staple of “revival” fiddlers’ conventions.

The version set as a polka by Randy Miller & Jack Perron is more similar to Frank George's version of the melody than is "Rock the Cradle Joe (1)" although without George's distinctive cadence.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Miller & Perron (101 Polkas), 1978; No. 14

Recorded sources: - Shanachie Records 6040, Gerry Milnes & Lorriane Lee Hammond – “Hell Up Coal Holler” (1999).

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