Audio Recording Shoo Fly
About this Item
- Shoo Fly
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, August 27, 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
- - Key: D
- - Meter: 4/4
- - Compass: 13
- - Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
- - Rendition: 1-2r-1r-2r-1r
- - Phrase Structure: ABCD QRQS
- - Stylistic features: Fast tempo, simple noting (lots of eighth notes), syncopation.
- - Related Tune(s): Ladies Won't You Marry
- - "Shoo Fly" is the tune associated with the "Shoo fly don't bother me" lyrics. It has the feel of a lively dance tune in the melodic style of the later nineteenth century. One hallmark of the style is the implied chord shift from tonic to dominant at the end of the first phrase, remaining in the dominant till the cadence at the end of the second phrase. For instrumental sets of the tune, see Person, A Collection of Popular Airs (1889), p. 9; White's Excelsior Collection, p. 71. Another tune in this collection with a tantalizing resemblance to "Shoo Fly" is "Ladies Won't You Marry" (AFS 13705a54), which Henry Reed played on harmonica.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds
- - Spoken: HENRY REED: That's one I ain't played for many years./ALAN JABBOUR: What's the name of it?/HENRY REED: "Shoo Fly."/ALAN JABBOUR: "Shoo Fly."
- - Recording chronology: 051
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035A40
- 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, and Henry Reed. Shoo Fly. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000121/.
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) Shoo Fly. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000121/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Shoo Fly. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000121/>.