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X:1 T:Snakewinder S:Morris Allen via Buddy Thomas M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Rounder 0372, Buddy Thomas – Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, vol. 1 (1997) F: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G ((3DEF||G)BAG EFGE|DB,DG (3E=F^F GG|DB,DG EFGA|B[ee][ee][ef] [e3e3]f| gage dged|BAGB AGEF|GEDE GFGA|BG A2 [G2B2]DF:|2BG A2 [G2B2]|| ef|gage dged|BAGB A[G2B2]e|gfga gfed|eaab a4| (ab)ag edef|gedB AGEF|GDEG DEFG|BG A2 G2(g2| g)bag ede(a|g)edB A2G2|gfga gfed|eaab a4| bagd edef|gedB AGEF|GDEG DEFG|BG A2 G2(3DEF||

SNAKEWINDER. AKA - "Snake Winder." AKA and see “Jimmy Ossington,” “No Corn on Tygart (2)." American, Reel (cut time). USA, Kentucky. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was in the repertoire of northeastern Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas (1935-1974), who attributed it to his mentor, Morris Allen. However, the tune was recorded by Kentucky fiddler Jilson Setters (real name James W. "Blind Bill" Day) as "No Corn on Tygart (2)" for the Library of Congress in 1937 . The unusual title "Snakewinder" may be descriptive of a dance movement; the word winder is a Kentucky term for a set of square dance steps that employs a winding series of movements (see “Damon's Winder”). Jane Keefer notes that a related melody is "Going down to Charleston."

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Greg Canote [Phillips]; Roger Cooper (Garrison, Lewis County, Ky., 1993) [Titon].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 25. Titon (Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 151, p. 176.

Recorded sources: - Berea College Appalachian Center AC007, Roger Cooper – “Snakewinder” (1995). Field Recorders Collective FRC 3003, "Buddy Thomas: Recordings from the Collection of Dave Silkia & Ray Alden" (2015). Rounder 0376, Buddy Thomas - "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, vol. 1" (1997. Originally recorded 1974). Rounder CD0380, Roger Cooper (Lewis County, Ky.) - “Going Back to Old Kentucky” (1996). Greg & Palmer Loux - In Good Company."

See also listing at:
Hear Buddy Thomas's recording at Slippery Hill [1] and at the Digital Library of Appalachia [2]


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