Audio Recording House Carpenter

About this Item

Title
House Carpenter
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
-  Airs
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Key: A
-  Compass: 9
-  Strains: 1 (12)
-  Rendition: 1-1-1-1 (last time interrupted)
-  Phrase Structure: ABCDCD (abcdefghefgh)
-  Stylistic features: Third and fourth phrases of tune (and presumably the text) repeated.
-  This is an old traditional ballad widely circulated in the British Isles and the United States (see Child #243 "James Harris (The Daemon Lover")). Henry Reed's tune is the preferred tune for the ballad in the Upper South, and indeed it is probably the favored melody throughout the ballad's range; see Bronson, The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads, for a full survey of variant versions. The repetition of the last two phrases, which Henry Reed reproduces here, occurs with some frequency in sung versions of the ballad. His style here is typical of the older fiddle style for playing airs, and it captures the looser rhythm of unaccompanied singing as well as some of the details of vocal ornamentation.
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds
-  Recording chronology: 085
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A15
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcreed.13037a15
Online Format
audio

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Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2 (AFC 1969/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Fiddle tunes of the old frontier: the Henry Reed collection online presentation (AFC 1999/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. House Carpenter. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000155/.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) House Carpenter. 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/afcreed000155/.

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. House Carpenter. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000155/>.