Audio Recording [Rocky Mountain Goat]

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[Rocky Mountain Goat]
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, July 17, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Hornpipes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Strains: 3 (high-middle-low, 4-4-4)
-  Compass: 17
-  Title change: The title appeared in the fieldnotes as "Unnamed."
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 9 seconds
-  Rendition: 1r-2-3r-1r
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQS UVUW (abcd abce qrst qrse utvw utvx)
-  Stylistic features: High D on E-string, slow hornpipe-like tempo.
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah, but you never told me the name of it./HENRY REED: No. [Laughs]. I don't know it.
-  Recording chronology: 159
-  This tune is well-known in America but not clearly traceable beyond its shores. Henry Reed neither named it nor assigned it a genre, but it is a tune sometimes known as "Rocky Mountain Goat," and the slightly slower pace suggests a connection with the hornpipe genre. Shaking Down the Acorns (Rounder 0018) contains a performance of the tune by Mose Coffman from Greenbrier County, West Virginia.Henry Reed performed this tune on three occasions. In this performance, he inserted a third strain between the usual first and second strains that leaps up dramatically to a high D in third position on the E-string. This extra strain seems to be unique to Henry Reed.
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B07
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1 (AFC 1967/007), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Rocky Mountain Goat. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1967) Rocky Mountain Goat. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, et al. Rocky Mountain Goat. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.