Audio Recording Arkansas Traveler

About this Item

Title
Arkansas Traveler
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, October 28, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Arkansas
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 15
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Strains: 3 (high-low-higher octave)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-3-2-(break)-1-3-1
-  Phrase Structure: ABAC QRQC UVUC (abcd abef qrss' uvwx uvef)
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR and HENRY REED: [Laugh]/HENRY REED: That there is hard to play./ALAN JABBOUR: It is./HENRY REED: Do you play it?[after second performance]/ALAN JABBOUR: Which part did you mean, for the shuffle?/HENRY REED: Right over there in that chorus par
-  Recording chronology: 182
-  Duration: 2 minutes, 1 second
-  "Arkansas Traveler" seems to be American in origin and appeared in many nineteenth-century publications, both as a tune and in association with a comic skit popular on the stage, in which the lost traveler in Arkansas encounters a squatter playing half a tune and exchanges one-liners of stage banter ("You seem pretty stupid, fellow." "Well, I ain't lost.") before finally supplying the other half of the tune and gaining a full welcome. Some typical sets are Winner's Collection of Music for the Violin, p. 30; Winner's Dance Music, p. 26 (with dialogue) and p. 52; and One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 4. Twentieth-century sets include Morris, Old Time Violin Melodies #1 "Arkansas"; Fillmore, American Veteran Fifer #29; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 46; Linscott, Folk Songs of Old New England, p. 83; and Randolph, Ozark Folksongs vol. 3, 22 (with dialogue). Henry Reed follows the Upper South predilection for beginning with the high strain. His third strain is the low strain raised to the upper octave, a variation that appears in some other sets (see for instance the Morris set).
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B30
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcreed.13705b30
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Arkansas Traveler. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000251/.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1967) Arkansas Traveler. 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/afcreed000251/.

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Arkansas Traveler. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000251/>.