About this Item

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
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: A
-  Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1
-  Compass: 9
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC (abcd abef qrst qref)
-  Related Tune(s): Frosty Morning
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed reel."
-  Spoken: [before tune]/HENRY REED: Tried to do that "Natchez," but I swear I can't./ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah.[after tune]/HENRY REED: You know that?/ALAN JABBOUR: What's that, now? That sounded awfully close to the "Frosty Morning" that you played before./HENRY REED: No
-  Recording chronology: 068
-  Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds
-  Henry Reed on one occasion said that this tune's title was something about Betsy. The Hollow Rock String Band took that as a cue and assigned it the simple title "Betsy," which is used here. He played it on three occasions, suggesting that it occupied an important place in his repertory, and his comments suggested that it was a good dance tune. But no variant of it has been identified. It is one of a number of tunes unique to Henry Reed's repertory that are in A and have melodies with a distinctly minor cast, using a scale with lowered third (C) and seventh (G) degrees. The high strain, oscillating between a phrase centered on A and another centered on G, has a flow and phrasing somewhat similar to the high strain of Henry Reed's "Frosty Morning." On one occasion (AFS 13037a10) he introduced a major alteration to the high strain, leaping to a high C-sharp instead of B on the E-string.
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13035B12
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. Betsy. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000138/.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) Betsy. 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/afcreed000138/.

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Betsy. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000138/>.