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FLANNERY'S DREAM. AKA - "Son of Hober." Old-Time, Bluegrass; Breakdown. A Minor/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). There are several tunes played by Kentucky fiddlers called "Flannery's Dream," sometimes under the title "Flander's Dream" (although there are also different tunes by that name, one in the key of 'C') or "Flandery's Dream." Warner Waton tells the story that Flannery was supposedly a Revolutionary War fiddler who was under a sentence of death. The commanding officer, knowing he could play, agreed to set him free if Flannery could play him a tune he hadn't heard. Flannery dreamt this tune the night before his scheduled execution. John Hartford thinks Flannery may have been a Civil War figure rather than a Revolutionary War soldier, and the story is similar to one told about Solly Carpenter (see note for "Camp Chase (2)"). Hartford notes the Flannery family is a large and old one from Elliott County, Kentucky. Another common story attached to the tune (and told by Alva Greene, for one) is that a man named Flannery dreamed this tune and won a contest with it (Hartford, 1996). Bluegrass multi-instumentalist Ricky Skaggs recorded a version called "Son of Hober," however, the tune has currency among bluegrass musicians as "Flannery's Dream," apparently popularized by Scaggs. Alva Greene's version is recognizable as a precursor to the bluegrass version.