Roscoe Parish's Tune
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ROSCOE PARISH'S TUNE. AKA and see "Charlie Barnet Lowe's Tune," "Uncle Charlie's Tune," "Uncle Charlie Barnett Lowe's Tune." American, Reel (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Every phrase ends on the subtonic chord (G). The tune is a member of the "Dry and Dusty" tune family. For more on Roscoe Parish (1897-1984) of Coal Creek, Virginia, see note for "Roscoe's Waltz." The alternate title "Charlie Barnett Lowe's Tune" refers to another source for the tune, Charlie Barnett Lowe of Lambsburg, Carroll County, Virginia, a banjo player and farmer who for a time employed influential Round Peak, North Carolina, fiddler Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985). According to field recorder Ray Alden , Jarrell also learned "Forked Deer" from him. Somewhat confusingly, Jarrell had another Uncle Charlie Lowe (1878-1964) in his musical life, also a banjo player from Round Peak, but a contemporary of his fiddling father, Ben Jarrell. Parish's Coal Creek and Lowe's Lambsburg are adjacent communities southeast of Galax, Virginia, and it is likely the tune was in regional circulation in the early 20th century.