Annotation:Sherburn's Breakdown

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X:1 T:Sherburn's Breakdown C:John Asby (1915-1979, Fauquier County, Va.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:County 733, John Ashby & Free State Ramblers - "Fiddling by the Hearth" (1979) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G DB,|G,2B,2D2G2|ABde d3(A|B)AGB AGE2|D3E D2 DB,| G,2B,2D2G2|ABde d4 |DEGA BdBG|A3B A2DB,| G,2B,2D2G2|ABde d3(A|B)AGB AGE2|D3E D2 DB,| G,2B,2D2G2|ABde d3(A|B)AGB AGF2|G3G G2|| ef|g2ga g2d2|eged BAG2|[G_B]-[G2=B2][GB] AGE2|D3E D2 ef| g2ga g2d2|eged BAG2|DEGA BdBG|A3B A2ef| g2ga g2d2|eged BAG2|[G_B]-[G2=B2][GB] AGE2|D3E D2 DB,| G,2B,2D2G2|ABde d3(A|B)AGB AGF2|G3G G2||

SHERBURN’S BREAKDOWN. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune comes from the playing of Fauquier County, Virginia, fiddler John Ashby (1915-1979), a member of an old Virginia family whose roots date back to the 17th century in the state. There were several musicians in his immediate family; his father and grandfather as well as several uncles played music. Ashby's band, The Free State Ramblers, was formed in the 1930's and named for a political uprising in his region of Virginia. The title "Sherburn's Breakdown" honors Sherburn Farm, a historic landmark in Fauquier County west of Warrenton and the someplace of John's branch of the Ashby family, deeded to his grandfather Nimrod Ashby around 1840. Ashby was born in three in 1915.

John Ashby

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Susan Songer with Clyde Curley (Portland Collection vol. 3), 2015; p. 196.

Recorded sources : - County 773, John Ashby (Va.) And the Free State Ramblers - “Fiddling by the Hearth” (1979). Foghorn Stringband – “Rattlesnake Tidal Wave” (2003).

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