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X:1 T:Wake Robin T:Nightingale [9], The S:Marcus Martin (N.C.) M:3/4 L:1/8 N:DDad tuning, lots of droning Q:Moderato F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/wake-robin Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D (AB|A2)F2D2|F2A2AB |A2(F2E2)|D4(AB| A2)F2D2|F2A2AB |A2(F2E2)|D4|| |:DE|D2F2A2|d4d2|{d}e2d2B2|d4(AB| A2)F2D2|F2A2AB|A2(F2E2)|D4:|]



WAKE ROBIN. AKA and see "Nightingale (9) (The)." Old-Time, Air (3/4 time). D Major. DDad tuning (fiddle). ABB. "Wake Robin" is sourced to western North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin (1881-1974), who recorded it in 1942 in Swananoa, N.C., for Artus Moser and the Library of Congress (AFS 07879 A01).

Marcus Martin
. Joan Moser writes about Martin in her article "Instrumental music of the Southern Appalachians: Traditional Fiddle Tunes" [1]

Marcus Lafayette Martin [is] a resident of Swannanoa in Western North Carolina. Mr. Martin, aged about eighty- three, [and] now lives with his son Quentin. Another son, Wayne, has lately started playing the fiddle and has learned many of his father's tunes. This son's playing style, however, is not a direct imitation of his father's style, and from this point of view, an entirely separate study should be made in order to analyze this stylistic transition.

The third generation in a family of fiddlers, Marcus Martin traces this tradition back to his grandfather. Walker Martin, who came over from England. This grandfather settled in Georgia, where his son, Nathaniel Rowan, was born. Nathaniel also learned to play the fiddle. As a young man he moved to Macon County, North Carolina. There his son Marcus was born and took up fiddle-playing at about the age of twelve years.


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Recorded sources : - Field Recorder Collective, FRC502 – "Marcus Martin." Kenny Jackson - "Over the Mountain" (2004). 5-String Productions 04002, Kenny Jackson - "Over the Mountain" ().

See also listing at :
Hear Marcus Martin's 1942 field recording at Slippery Hill [1]



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  1. Moser, Joan, "Instrumental music of the Southern Appalachians: Traditional Fiddle Tunes", North Carolina Folklore, vol. ix, July, 1961, No. 1, Arthur Palmer Hudson, editor.