Audio Recording Paddy on the Turnpike

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Paddy on the Turnpike
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, June 18, 1966
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 12
-  Key: A
-  Strains: 3 (high-middle-low, 4-4-4)
-  Rendition: 1-2-3-1-2-3-(break)-2-3-1-2-3
-  Phrase Structure: ABAB' QRQ'R UVUR' (abac aba'c qq'qr qq'qr uvuw uvqr)
-  Stylistic features: Slurs predominate in bowing; extended fourth finger to high C# on E-string.
-  This three-part tune is well-known through the Upper South and seems to have as many titles as localities--"John Brown's Dream," "Little Rabbit," "Jimmy Johnson Bring the Jug around the Hill," and others. See The Hammons Family (Library of Congress, AFS L65-66) for another West Virginia set ("Jimmy Johnson") and citations of other variants. It is of a form that appears occasionally in Henry Reed's repertory, where the strains seem to be half the usual length but are often varied on repetition (compare, for example, his sets of "The Route"). This tune has turned up elsewhere in West Virginia with this title, but "Paddy on the Turnpike" is usually the name of a famous Irish and American reel that has no musical resemblance to this tune.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 44 seconds
-  Spoken: [middle of performance]/HENRY REED: You never heard it played like that?/ALAN JABBOUR: Sure haven't. No, I never heard that. That's a good tune, though./HENRY REED: That's the old-time "Paddy on the Turnpike."[after tune]/HENRY REED: I ain't played that f
-  Recording chronology: 024
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13033B16
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Paddy on the Turnpike. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1966) Paddy on the Turnpike. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Paddy on the Turnpike. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.