Blackberry Quadrille (1)

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 Theme code Index    56H5H1H 2H53H5
 Also known as    Blackberry Reel
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Canada, United States
 Genre/Style    Contra, Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Viola "Mom
 Book/Manuscript title    Pioneer Western Folk Tunes
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 107, p. 37
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1948
 Artist    Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters
 Title of recording    Blackberry Quadrille
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Victor 36403A (78 RPM)
 Year recorded    1948
 Score   ()   

T:Blackberry Quadrille [1]
A2a ba^g|a2f d2f|e2c Afg|fdB Afg|
a2a ba^g|a2f d2f|e2c ABc|1dfe d3:|2dfe d||
|:FG|A2B G2A|F2A def|g2e c2e|dfe dcB|
A2B G2A|F2A def|g2e ABc|d2f d:|]

BLACKBERRY QUADRILLE [1]. Canadian, American, New England; Quadrille (6/8 time). USA; Central New York State, New England, Arizona. D Major (most versions): G Major (Ruth). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is related to "Off She Goes" and "Rustic Reel;" there is also a "Blackberry Reel" that is quite close to the tune, collected by Cazden (1955) in New York's Catskill Mountain region. It has been reported that there is/was a dance called the Blackberry Quadrille danced at barn and contra-dances in New England and New York. The tune was even known as far afield as Arizona, where it was played by champion fiddler Viola "Mom" Ruth in the mid-20th century. Transplanted French-Canadian fiddler Omer Marcoux {1898-1982} (Concord, N.H.) played a version of this tune mixed up with "Little Burnt Potato" called "Burning Potatoes" (see "Little Burnt Potato").

Source for notated version: Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters, 1941 (New York State) [Bronner].

Printed source: Bronner (Old Time Music Makers of New York State), 1987; No. 13, p. 76. Cazden (Dances from Woodland, 1955; p. 13. Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 75. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 133, p. 87. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddler's Repertoire), 1983; No. 20. Ruth (Pioneer Western Folk Tunes), 1948; No. 107, p. 37. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964; p. 27.

Recorded source: Victor 36403A (78 RPM), Woodhull's Old Tyme Masters, 1941 (released 1948).

T:Blackberry Quadrille
S: Viola "Mom" Ruth - Pioneer Western Folk Tunes (1948)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion 
d2d ed^c|d2B G2B|A2F D2D|B2A G2 (B/c/)|
d2d ed^c|d2B G2B|A2A DEF|G3 G3 (B/c/}:|
|:d2d e2d|B2d b2b|c'2d def|g2a b2 (B/c/)|
d2d e2d|B2d b2b|c'2d def|g3g2:||