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X:1 T:Uncle Henry N:From the playing of fiddler Violet Hensley (b. 1916, Yellville, Marion County, Arkansas). M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel N:DDad tuning (fiddle). As with most pieces in this tuning, drone liberally. Q:"Moderately Quick" D:Rounder 0435, Violet Hensley - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks: vol. 1: D:Along the Eastern Crescent" (1999). D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/uncle-dink Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D AB|dBdA Bd-A2|d3 E- D2AB|dBdA Bd-A2|[A3e3](f [A2e2])de| fdfd e2d2|B2d2 D4- D2|: DE|FDFD B2A2|F6DE| FDFD B2A2|D6 :|



UNCLE HENRY. American, Reel (cut time). USA, Arkansas. D Major. DDad tuning (fiddle). AB. From the playing of fiddler and violin maker Violet Hensley (b. 1916), from Yellville, northern Arkansas, learned in the 1920’s from her father, George Washington “Wash” Brumley (b. 1874). Mark Wilson says it is a ‘drastic revamping’ of the minstrel era song “Goodbye My Honey I’m Gone.” Hensley had no title for the tune, however, until she heard a man from Dardenelle, Arkansas, call it by the “Uncle Henry” title. The tune is slightly ‘crooked’ in the first part, with an extra beat at the end of the strain.

Violet Hensley


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Violet Hensley [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 55.

Recorded sources : - Rounder CD 0435, Violet Hensley – “Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 1” (1999. Various artists). Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Violet Hensley (et al) – “The Art of Traditional Fiddle” (2001).

See also listing at :
Hear Violent Hensley play the tune on youtube.com [1] and at Slippery Hill [2]



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