Audio Recording Natchez [Christmas Morning]
About this Item
- Natchez [Christmas Morning]
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 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 (high-low, 2-4)
- - Rendition: (1)-2-1r-2-1r-2-1r-2-1r-2
- - Phrase Structure: AB QR (abac qrst qrsc)
- - Compass: 15 (or 11 plus low A drone on G-string)
- - Related Tune(s): Brown's Dream
- - Related Tune(s): Paddy on the Turnpike
- - This is not the usual "Natchez" (for which see AFS 13705a35), but another tune. The title became attached to the present tune by accident as Henry Reed continued to try to recollect the tune he usually called "Natchez." It is a tune in A with a consistently minorish cast that appears in sets widely but thinly distributed across the Upper South. There is no consistency to its title, and its low strain is variable and has something of the character of filler. An apparent nineteenth-century example is Coes, George H. Coes' Album of Music, p. 3 "Watermelon Jig." Twentieth-century examples are Morris, Old Time Violin Melodies #40 "The Lonesome Road"; Thede, The Fiddle Book, p. 76 "Dust in the Lane, or Cotton Pickin' Time"; and "Shelvin' Rock," a 1960s recording fiddled by French Carpenter on the LP record Old-Time Music from Clay County, West Virginia (Folk Promotions 11567-11568). Burl and Sherman Hammons of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, played a version that they called "Christmas Morning." Henry Reed, in searching for the title, once remarked that it might have been something about "Brown's Dream"; that is one of the names of another tune from the Upper South, represented in this collection under the title "Paddy on the Turnpike."
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Natchez."
- - Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: It was in A, I know that./HENRY REED: I know.
- - Recording chronology: 072
- - Duration: 1 minute, 25 seconds
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A02
- 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. Natchez Christmas Morning. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000142/.
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) Natchez Christmas Morning. 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/afcreed000142/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Natchez Christmas Morning. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000142/>.