Titles of Mississippi Fiddle Tunes 1917
Subject: Folklore: Titles of Mississippi Fiddle Tunes 1917|
Date: 04 May 18 - 10:17 PM
The front page of the Columbus (Miss.) Commercial, Oct. 28, 1917, tells of an "old fiddlers' contest" attended by "more than a thousand people, representing two states." About 23 fiddlers too part. Noah Sanders, of McCrary, Miss., walked off with the first prize of $25 - about $450 in today's buying power.
The article lists the names of the tunes that were played. Not all of them are now identifiable:
Johnnie Stole a Pumpkin
Home Sweet Home
Old Dan Tucker
Wolfs [sic] are Howling
Hell among the Yearlings
Cotton Eyed Joe
Old Grey Horse
Johnnie on the Railroad
The Devil's Hiccough
Turkey and [sic] the Straw
The [sic] Fisher's Hornpipe
Subject: RE: Titles of Mississippi Fiddle Tunes 1917|
Date: 05 May 18 - 05:36 AM
If you spend any time with fiddlers at old time sessions you will soon find out that numerous, possibly every fiddle tune exists under more than one name and likewise many different titles are used for the same tune.
The tune sometimes known as Wild Horse has about five or six names.
John Lover has four at least.
There are a number of Lost Indians. Drunken Hiccoughs is also known as Rye Whiskey, Devil's Dream is also known as Booger Man's Nightmare. etc etc.
You could go on and on. Eighteen of the above titles come up at sessions which I attend.