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Thread #52945 Message #813024
Posted By: GUEST,Richie
28-Oct-02 - 07:32 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
Subject: RE: Origin Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
Here's one version of Calico from Ceolas. Same as Johnson Gals?
CALICO. AKA and see "Want to go to Meeting and Got No Shoes." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Mississippi, south-central Kentucky. G Major. The 'Calico' fiddle tuning, or AEAC#, was so-called because it is employed in this piece. Recorded by Herbert Halpert for the Library of Congress from the playing of Lauderville County, Mississippi, fiddler Stephen B. Tucker in 1939. The rhyme sung to the tune goes:
Don't care where in the world I go,
Can't get around for the calico.
A tune by this name was learned by south-central Kentucky African-American fiddler Jim Bowles (b. 1903) from local musicians, although his cross-tuned version was supposedly not widely known outside his area.