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 Theme code Index    7b52H5 7b511
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Bluegrass, Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Reel (single/double)
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Mixolydian
 Time signature    2/4
 History    USA(Upland South)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Clare Milliner & Walt Koken
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 342
 Year of publication/Date of MS    2011
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
 Score   (1)   

X:1 T:John Henry N:From the playing of Welzie Chrisawn (Burnsville, Yancey County, N:northwestern N.C.), recorded in the field in 1989 by Bruce Greene. M:C L:1/8 D: D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C [C4G4]A2|[G2c2][G4c4]ed|[G4c4]AG3|A2G2-G2 ED|[M:3/2]C6 [C4G4]A2| [M:C][G2c2][G4c4]ed|[G3c43]AG2cA|[M:3/2]G6 G4A2|[M:C][G2c2][G4c4]ed| [G4c4]AG3|A2G2-G2 ED|C4 C3E|A2G2-G2ED| C2A,>A, (G,A,C2)|[M:3/2]+slide+E4 E3-D C3E|[M:C]A2G2-G2ED|C2A,2 (G,A,C2)| [M:3/2]C6C C3[GA]-|[M:C][A2A2]G2-G2 E-D|C2A,-C (G,A,)C2|[M:3/2]+slide+E4 E3-D C3E| [M:C]A2G2-G2ED|C2A,2 (G,A,C2)|[M:3/2]C6||

X:1 T:John Henry [1] N:From the playing of fiddler Joe Birchfield (1912-2002, Carter County, northeast N:Tenn.), founder of the family band the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers. M:C L:1/8 D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:C AA|[c2e2][c2e2]-[ce]dcB|[c2e2][c2e2]-[ce]dcA|G2+slide+E2-EGED|[C2E2][CE][CD][C2E2][C2E2]| [c2e2][c2e2]-[ce]dcB|[c2e2][c2e2]-[ce]dcA|G2+slide+E2- EG-GG|G2 G4A2| [c2e2][c2e2]-[ce]dcB|[c2e2][c2e2]-[ce]dcA|G2+slide+E2-EGED|[C2E2]+slide+[A,2E2]+slide+[A,2E2]C2| +slide+E2 +slide+E2- EDED|CA,G,A,- A,2 CC|+slide+E2 +slide+E2- EDED|EDC2 A,C2D| +slide+E2 +slide+E2- EDED|CA, [G,2D2] [A,2E2] [A,E]-[G,E]|[C6E6][CE]-[CD]|[C2E2][C4E4]||

X:1 T:John Henry [1] N:From the playing of fiddler James Crase (Bear Branch, Leslie County, N:southeastern Ky.), recorded in the field by Peter Hoover, 8/15/1960. N:Mr. Crase, who competed with Luther Strong in fiddle contests, was N:also recorded in 1958 by John Cohen. M:C L:1/8 Q:"Moderate" N:AEae tuning (fiddle) N:Mr. Crase tended to "dwell" on his half-notes, almost 3 beats instead of 2. D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A e2|a a2a- ae+slide+=gf|ef=c-^c [A,2A2]-[A,A]((3e/f/g/|a)a2 a- a2=gf|e3+slide+[ee]- [e2e2](ef/g/| a)a2(_b =b2)a2| ef=c-^c [A,4A4]|ce=c-B AEFA|(=c^c3)-c2(B=c| ^c6) =c2-|^ce=c-B AEFB| [A4A4][A4A4]|+slide+cecB AEFA|+slide+c2+slide+c2 [A,4A4]| +slide+cec-B AE (B/c/B)|A4 A2||

X:1 T:John Henry [1] N:From the playing of fiddler Virgil Simmons with the Dixie Playboys (Roanoke, N:western Virginia) from a recorded late 1940's broadcast over Roanoke station WSLS. M:C L:1/8 Q:"Quick, bluesy" D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:A e2|a6e2|=g2f2e2=c2-|^cecB AFEC|A,6=c2-| ^c2e2a2e2|=g2fe- eBce|f2 f6-|f4 e2f2| a2 a2- afe2|a4 =g2f2|e2=c-^c- cc B2|A6 B2-| c2e2c2B2|A2E-F- FE A2|+slide+c4]+slide+[c4e4]|A6 =c2-| ^c2e2 (efe)B |(cec)B A(EFE)| A8|A3 B c2e2:| [e6a6]e2|=g2f2 e3B-|=c2 Bc BAFE|A8| a2a2- a=c'b2|a4[e2f2][e2=g2]|[e6^g6] [^d2=g2]-|[e6^g6]e2f2| a2a4e2|=g2f2e2B=c-|=c2 Bc BAFE|A6=c2-| ^cecB AFEC|A,CEA- A4|[=ce]-[^c3e3] [=ce]-[^c3e3]|[A6e6]||

X:1 T:John Henry [1] N:From the playing of the Hot Mud Family, with fiddler Van N:Kidwell, who originally was from Madison County, Ky., and learned N:fiddle tunes in his youth from Owen Walker, along with Doc Roberts. M:C L:1/8 D:Field Recorders Collective FRC 412, "Fiddlin' Van Kidwell with the Hot Mud Family" (2009) D:Vetco LP 506, Van Kidwell - "Midnight Ride" (1975) D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D A2B2|d2f3a f-e|d4B2A2|B2A3F E2| D4A2B2| d2f3a (fe)| d4 B-A F2| B2-Bc B-A Bc| B4A2B2| d2 f3a f-e |d4 B2A2|B2A3F E2| D2-D/-F/A/B/ AF2E D2B,2 A,-B, D2|+slide+F4+slide+F4|+slide+F6A2|B2A2-A2FE| D2B,B, A,-B,D2|D4 F2E2|D4- D3E|1D4 S:|2 D8||

X:1 T:John Henry [1] N:From a concert recording of Clyde Davenport (bj.) and W.L. Gregory (f.), N:recorde at the Celebration of Traditional Music, Oct., 1975. N:Davenport (b. 1921) was born in Blue Hole Hollow, near Mt. Pisgah on the N:Cumberland Plateau in south-central Kentucky, not far from the border with N:Tennessee. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" N:"+" = pizzicato note D: Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G Sd2-d2e2|ga g2-ga ge|g4 +slide+e4|d4 +slide+B4 |G8-|G2 d2-d2e2| ga g2-ga g2|=f4 g4|d4-dedc|d2+slide+B2A2G2| a2-_b4 ba|g4d2B2|e4 d-Bd-B|G8|"+"e2d2 _B-=B3| G2D-E EG_B2-|=B4- Bd B-A|[M:2/4] G2D2|[M:C|] "+"e2z2 .d2zd-| d2-dB AG| E2-D2 EG G2-|G4ED E2G2|+slide+B2dB- BABA|G2DE-E2G2| +slide+B4 +slide+B2-A2|[M:2/4] E2-D2 |[M:C|]"+"e2z2 .d2zd-|d2+slide+BA G2 E-D| E2 G2-G4-|G2S||