Annotation:Shenandoah Falls

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X:1 T:Shenandoah Falls M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:From a transcription by John Lamancusa, by permission Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A cd |: “A”e2 ef edcB | AB c2 “D”d4 | “A”c2 cd cBAc | “E”BAGF E2 cd | “A”e2 ef edcB | AB (3cBA “D”d4 | “A”cBAc “E”BA G2 |1 “A”A4 A2 cd :|2 “A”A6 G2 || |: “Bm”F4 B3B | A2 (B2B4) | “A”ABcA BcAB | cAB(c c)B A2 | “Bm”F4 B3B | A2 (B2B2) Bd | “A”cBAc “E”BA G2 |1 “A”A4 A3G :|2 “A”A6 ||

SHENANDOAH FALLS. American, Reel (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Johnson): AA'BB (Phillips). Clyde Curley and Susan Songer, in notes to The Portland Collection (1997), traces the tune. Vermont fiddler Pete Sutherland learned it from West Coast musician Carol Robinson, originally from Sebastapol, Calif., who herself learned it as an untitled reel from a mandolin player named 'Cookie', once a fellow student with her at Sonoma State College. It is thought Sutherland titled it, perhaps thinking it reminiscent of Bill Monroe's bluegrass composition "Shenandoah Breakdown."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Pete Sutherland (Vermont) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Cooper (American Old Time Fiddle Tunes), Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 2: Occasional Collection of Old-Timey Fiddle Tunes for Hammer Dulcimer, Fiddle, etc.), 1982 (revised 1988 & 2003); p. 15. Levenson (Old-Time Favorites for Fiddle and Mandolin), 2014. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 219. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 182.

Recorded sources: - Buzzard 1002, Boiled Buzzards - "Fine Dining." Dancing String, Randy Zombola - "Snowflake Breakdown" (1986). Epact Music, Pete Sutherland - "Eight Miles From Town" (1982). Great Meadow Music, Grand Picnic - "Contra Roots and Branches" (2004). Great Meadow Music, "A Band Named Bob." Marimac 9031, Sutherland, Pete - "Eight Miles From Town" (1986). Marimac 9043, Boiled Buzzards - "Fine Dining" (1991).

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