Mississippi fiddle tunes and songs from the 1930s

Format: Music Score 2015
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks q M1629.7.M6 B65 2015
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  q M1629.7.M6 B65 2015
While in the Mississippi State Archives tracking down Abbott Ferriss's beautiful photographic portraits of musicians from 1939, author Harry Bolick discovered, to his amazement, a treasure trove of earlier fiddle tunes in manuscript form. Since then he has worked to understand how this collection came to exist and be set aside. With Stephen T. Austin, Bolick has transcribed the subsequent 1939 audio recordings. Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s presents the history of the collecting work, with over three hundred of the tunes and songs and a beautiful selection of period photographs.

In the summer of 1936, over one hundred fiddle tunes, many of them unique, along with thousands of songs, were collected and notated throughout a large part of Mississippi. Roughly 130 novice field workers captured beautiful tunes and tantalizing fragments. As a body of work, it is an unparalleled and fascinating snapshot of vernacular music as heard in Mississippi in the early part of the recorded era. However, this music was unpublished and forgotten.

In 1939, building on the contacts made three years earlier, Herbert Halpert led one of the last and best executed of the WPA folklore projects which recorded audio performances in Mississippi. Some, but not all, of those distinctive fiddle tune recordings have been published. Additionally through cassette tape copies passed hand to hand, some of these distinctive tunes have regained currency and popularity among contemporary fiddlers. In Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s, this great music is at last widely available.
Music collected in 1936. All I wants a hogeye
Liza Jane
Negro reel
Old Mollie Hare
Show piece
Want to go to meeting
Billy in the lowground
Cotton-eyed Joe
Couldn't hear nobody pray
Forked deer
Going away to Memphis, Dolly-O
Old rosin the beau
Possum up a gum stump
Pretty little girl in the country
Running water
Scrub waltz
Soapsuds over the fence
Sugar in the gourd
Sweet milk and peaches
Taters in the sandy land
Muddy road to Texas
Flop eared mule
Walking in my sleep
I'm gwine keep my husband workin' if I can
Loving Nancy
Good bye Liza Jane
Carve dat possum
Crap game
Soldier's joy
Old hen cackled on the pot
Old Mollie Hare
Run nigger, run
Jewel waltz
Black eyed Susan
John Butter and the fat
Molly put the kettle on
Old hen cackled
Old Joe Clark
Chicken reel waltz
Grasshopper on sweet tater vine
Holland waltz
Hardy Smith
Miss Cindy
First time I saw Liza
Indian eat the woodchuck
Rabbit in a ditch
Go long Liza
Irish washerwoman
Mollie bring the kettle
Devil's dream
I want to go to meeting
Big Tom Bailey
Going from the cottonfield
Fiddler's reel (Mrs. McCloud's)
Mississippi sawyer
Old Zip Coon
Go long Liza
Dutch waltz
Eighth of January march
Evening star waltz
Jenny Lind polka
Kiss waltz
Rochester schottische
Sleepy waltz
Soldier's joy
Buffalo gals
Eighth of January waltz
Old Zip Coon
A hungry Confederate soldier
G & C schottische
Big Bill's in jail, boys
Whistling Rufus
Old hen cackled
Liza Jane
Spanish waltz
Whoa mule
The Yankees are coming
Buckeyed rabbit
To Merileo
Plowman's drag
Grand Bay schottische
The jay bird
Buffalo girl
Lazy Kate
Georgia camp meeting
Seaside polka
Possum up a simmon tree
Gee whiz
Whistlin' Rufus
Buffalo gals
Good night waltz
Paddy's welcome
Untitled jig
Merry widow waltz
Raggedy Ann
Carve dat possum
White cat, black cat
Fisher's hornpipe
Goose girl waltz
Irish washerwoman
Billy Boy waltz
Run nigger, run
Nigger in the tater house
Possum up the simmon tree
Her cheeks are like the cherry
I'm gwine to my shanty
My old coon dog
Liza Jane
Liza Jane
Billie in the lowground
Black eyed Susan
Eighth of January
Fannie Logan
Honey babe
Lazy Kate
Old kicking mule
Old Mollie Hare
Picayune butler
Fisher's hornpipe
Turkey in the straw
Run Liza Jane
I love somebody
Rochester schottische
Soldier's joy
Dan Tucker (Money musk)
I ain't goin to leave her by herself
Roll them simelons
Little dog
Red Wing
Darling I'm crazy 'bout you
Ladies fancy
Mississippi sawyer
Old Mollie Hare
Sally Goodin
Tom tit
Way late last night when Peter went a-fishing
White hat
Flirtin' song
Jaybird died
Old hen cackled
Possum up de simmon tree
Washpot blues
Go long Liza
Chicken in bread tray
Horse shoe of the battle
Swinging neath the red apple tree
Run, nigger, run
Fisher's hornpipe
Make me a bed on the floor
Murilla's lesson
Old Mollie Hare #1
Old Mollie Hare #2
Bonny blue flag
Virginia reel
Put your big foot right there
Schattische #1
Schattische #2
Smokey moke
Buffalo gals
Do Johnny Booker, do
Run nigger run
Leather breeches
Mississippi sawyer
Bear Creek
Bear Creek waltz
Cindy waltz
Cotton eyed Joe
Cotton field song
Mississippi sawyer
Polly put the kettle on
Scotch hornpipe
Soldier's joy hornpipe
Johnny get your hair cut polka
Joplin girl. Music collected in 1939. Big footed nigger in a sandy lot
Bill Cheatum
Farewell Mary Anne
Old Molly Hare
Purtiest little girl in the county
Stoney Point
Cindy : full version
Dusty Miller
Froggy went a-courtin'
Give the fiddler a dram
Not a-gonna have no supper here tonight
Rats in the meal barrel
Sally Goodin
Wolves a-howlin'
Buck dancing Charlie
Eighth of January
Henry Holmes' holla
Lost John
Old blue sow
Pearl Bryan
Pickin' the devil's eye
Poor little Mary settin' in the corner
Possum and coon
Where'd you get your whiskey
Arkansas traveler
Bear Creek's up
Black eyed Susie
Chicken pie
Devil's dream
Drunken hiccups
Eighth of January
Give the fiddler a dram
Great Titanic
Grey Eagle
Grub Springs
How old are you my pretty little miss
Mississippi sawyer
Miss Sally at the party
Oh yes, Mammy look at Sam
Old Molly Hare
Pass around the bottle
Rabbit in the pea patch
Raise big taters
Run nigger run
Sally Goodin
Soldier's joy
Texas bells
Untitled (1950)
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Walking in the parlor
Wolves a-howlin'
Old Morgan
Arkansas traveler
Billy in the lowground
Black eyed Susie
Bonaparte's retreat
Buffalo girl
Down yonder
Eighth of January
Farewell whiskey
Going up to Hamburg
Grub Springs
Leather britches
Little Danville girl
Long eared mule
Old Miss Sally
Pretty little girl all around town
Scott no. 2
Soldier's joy
Tishomingo County blues (2 versions)
Tom and Jerry
Up the road
Cindy Jane
Corn stalk fiddle
Going to the wedding
Hell after yearlings
Indian war whoop
Little boy went a-courtin'
Rye straw
Want to go to meeting and I got no shoes
Alabama waltz
Big eyed rabbit
Drunken hiccups
Fisher's hornpipe
Hard road to Texas
Jones County
Little Willie
My little Dony
My old dog trailing up a squirrel
Rock candy
Mary Blain
Old field rabbit
Eighth of January
Great big yam taters
Leather britches
Liza Jane
Mississippi sawyer
Puncheon floor
Arkansas traveler
Bragg's retreat
Chippy get your hair cut
Christmas time in the morning
Circus piece
Cold frosty morning
Devil's dream
Fiddle piece
Fisher's hornpipe
Haste to the wedding
Indian eat a woodpecker
Joke on the puppy
Leather britches
Mississippi sawyer
Pound cake and sugar
Raker's hornpipe
Run, nigger, run
Soldier's joy
Texas wagon
Throw the soap suds over in the corner of the fence
Tom & Jerry
Untitled jig. Banjo transcriptions from 1939. Railroad Bill
Liza Jane
Black eyed Susie
Cripple Creek
Cross eyed gopher
Going on down town
Humpbacked mule
Liza Jane
Miss Cindy
Oh, my little darlin'
Old Dan Tucker
Old Joe Clark
Roll on the ground
Rove, Riley, rove
Run nigger, run
Sally Goodin
Shake that little foot, Sally Ann
Uncle Bud
Want a little water, Johnny?
Who will shoe your pretty little foot ; Mississippi Valley waltz.

Additional Information
Series American made music series.
Subjects Folk music -- Mississippi.
Fiddle tunes -- Mississippi.
Folk songs, English -- Mississippi.
Folk music -- Mississippi -- History and criticism.
Fiddle tunes -- Mississippi -- History and criticism.
Publisher Jackson :University Press of Mississippi,2015
Contributors Bolick, Harry, transcriber, writer of added commentary.
Austin, Stephen T., transcriber, writer of added commentary.
Language English

Description 1 score (xiii, 432 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical and discographical references (pages 421-423) and index.
ISBN 9781496804013
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