Audio Recording Barbara Allen

About this Item

Title
Barbara Allen
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
-  Airs
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Genre
Ethnography
Music
Field recordings
Notes
-  Key: D
-  Compass: 9
-  Related Tune(s): Boyne Water
-  Related Tune(s): The Foggy Dew
-  Strains: 1 (8)
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Meter: 3/4
-  Related Tune(s): Shady Grove
-  Rendition: 3 times through, plus stray note
-  Phrase Structure: ABCD
-  Stylistic features: As a performance, this is a good example of Henry Reed's air style, and indeed is typical of playing airs throughout the Upper South; note the regular doubling of open-string notes at the phrase-end.
-  Spoken: ALAN JABBOUR: Do you play "Barbara Allen" too? Or sing it, or either one?/HENRY REED: Well, I--it wouldn't be no use to ask me to sing it, because I couldn't do that, and I don't know whether I can play it or not./WOMAN: Go ahead, play it . . . ./HENRY RE
-  Recording chronology: 185
-  Duration: 1 minute, 17 seconds
-  This is the most widespread tune in the Appalachian region (and perhaps in America) for the ballad "Barbara Allen" (Child 84). Bertrand Harris Bronson's Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads provides many variants, and Charles Seeger analyzed the variants in the lengthy booklet accompanying a documentary LP record from the Library of Congress, Versions and Variants of "Barbara Allen" (Library of Congress, AFS L54). Henry Reed plays "Barbara Allen" in the metrically loose style reserved for unaccompanied songs, with a conspicuous hold on the note corresponding to the first syllable of the heroine's name. The first phrase of the melody varies after the first time through the tune.
Medium
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B33
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.13705b33
Online Format
audio

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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. Barbara Allen. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcreed000254/.

APA citation style:

Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1967) Barbara Allen. 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/afcreed000254/.

MLA citation style:

Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Barbara Allen. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000254/>.