Rose of Sharon Waltz

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ROSE OF SHARON WALTZ. AKA and see "Rosebud of Allenvale (The)." AKA - "Rose of Allendale (The)," "Rose(bud) of Avonmore," "Roses of Ave More." Scottish (originally), American; Waltz (3/4 time). A Major (Phillips): G Major (Silberberg). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AA'B (Phillips). The melody was originally composed by the great Scots fiddler J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927), who titled it "Rosebud of Allenvale (The)." As “Rose of Sharon,” the waltz played in the key of ‘A’, and is played by bluegrass and old-time fiddlers, and is a favorite contest waltz. It was in the repertoire of Hiram Stamper who helped popularize it, however, the ultimate source for "Rose of Sharon" is a 1975 recording by fiddler Howard "Howdy" Forrester (1922-1987), an influential cross-genre master who was much imitated.

The 'Rose of Sharon' title is a biblical reference--"I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley,--and the name of a flowering plant, the hibiscus.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - J.T. Perkins [Phillips]; Gary Lee Moore (Seattle) [Silberberg]; Gary Johnston (Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 80 (as "Roses of Ava More"). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 301. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 133.

Recorded sources: - Davis Unlimited Records, J.T. Perkins - "J.T.: Perkins-Style Fiddling" (1978). Goldust LPS-172, Wes Nivens - "Fiddlin Wes' Texas Style" (1977). Stoneway STY-150, Howard "Howdy Forrester - "Leather Britches" (1975). Voyager CD 363, Gary Lee Moore - "Uncle Pig" (2004. Moore credits a Howdy Forrester recording from the 1960's).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
See Charlie Walden's standard notation transcription (under title "Rose of Avonmore") [2] and demonstration video [3]



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