Washing Day (1) (The)

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WASHING DAY [1], THE. AKA and see “There's nae luck aboot the hoose (2),” “Up and Waur Them A’, Willie (1).” English, American; Schottische. USA, northern New York. G Major (Bohrer): A Major (Kennedy, Raven). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Kennedy, Raven): AA’BB’ (Bohrer). A version of “Nae Luck about the House,” titles from another song sung to the tune. Musicians in southern England apparently often paired the tune with “Old Mrs. Huddledee” and “Keel Row (The)”; Norfolk area concertina player Scan Tester (1887-1972) and fiddler Walter Bulwer (1882-c. 1972) both indepently knew the medley.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a “family tune” learned by fiddler Vic Kibler (Hamilton County, New York) from his uncle Echtor Fountain (b. 1887); “I remember him specifically teaching me that tune. Grandpa and everyone played it” [Bohrer].

Printed sources : - Bohrer (Vic Kibler: Adirondack Fiddler), 1992; No. 17, p. 17. Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 26. Howe (Second Part of the Musician's Companion), Boston, 1843/1850; p. 6. Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 41, p. 21. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 162.

Recorded sources : - Topic TSCD607, Billy Cooper, Walter & Daisy Bulwer – “English Country Music” (2000. Originally recorded 1962).




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