T:Sid Harkreader's Tune
N:From the playing of fiddler Sid Harkreader, with Uncle Dave
D:Uncle Dave Macon (1925)
Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz
[B,4D4][B,2D2][B,2D2]|[B,2D2] [B,D][CE]- [CE][CE][CE][CE] |D4 F2 Ad|BAG2 G4:|
e-g2b a2g2| d2 ea- ab a2|a3b ag e2|d2eg- ga g2|
g-b2a g2 e2|d2e-a- ab a2|a3b ag e2|d2eg- ga g2|
g3a g2e2|d2 BB AG- G2 |]
SID HARKREADER'S TUNE. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. This untitled, irregular (10 measures in the second strain), reel was the first in a set of two tunes played by banjoist and singer Uncle Dave Macon and fiddler Sid Harkreader (1898-1988, Gladeville, Tennessee), preceding "The Girl I Left Behind Me." Having no name, the tune is called after the fiddler. On the recording Macon vocalizes dance calls occasionally behind the melody, but they seem random calls and not actually a formatted dance figures. Harkreader's phrasing on the melody is unusual. While the whole tune has been transcribed in cut time, the phrasing often makes more sense with measures of 5/4 in the beginning and 3/4 at the end.
Gelatin silver print by Henry Horenstein, "Fiddlin' Sid Harkreader."