Rose for Polly (A)

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ROSE FOR POLLY, A. American, Reel (cut time). USA, North Carolina. G Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'CC'. Versions of the tune are in mixolydian mode (Reed Island Rambers & Old Sledge) throughout to a major (1st strain)/minor (2nd strain) mix (Tommy Hunter), in styles from old-time to bluegrass, moderately paced to fast. The melody is vaguely like J.P. Fraley’s “Wild Rose of the Mountain,” according to Tony Russell.

Additional notes

Tommy Hunter

Source for notated version: - Glen Smith (Galax, Va.) & Tommy Hunter (N.C.) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 115.

Recorded sources: - Burning Wolf Records, Reed Island Ramblers – “Hand Me Downs” (2007). June Appal 007, Tommy Hunter - "Deep in Tradition" (1976. Learned from his grandfather, fiddler James W. Hunter, Madison County, N.C.). Marimac AHS #3, Glen Smith with Dwight Diller – “Say Old Man” (1990. Learned from Tommy Hunter). Old Sledge – “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down” (2011).

See also listing at:
Hear Tommy Hunter (1919-1993) play the tune at the Digital Library of Appalachia [1]
Hear a version from the Canote brothers [2]



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