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Titles of Mississippi Fiddle Tunes 1917

Lighter 04 May 18 - 10:17 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 05 May 18 - 05:36 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Titles of Mississippi Fiddle Tunes 1917
From: Lighter
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:

Leather Breeches
Alabama Girl
Johnnie Stole a Pumpkin
Katie Did
Home Sweet Home
Lost John
Lone Indian
Sally Goodman
Lost Child
Old Dan Tucker
Wolfs [sic] are Howling
Old Slow
Casey Jones
Mississippi Sawyer
Hell among the Yearlings
Indian Warwhoop
Cotton Eyed Joe
Old Grey Horse
Johnnie on the Railroad
The Devil's Hiccough
Turkey and [sic] the Straw
The [sic] Fisher's Hornpipe


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Subject: RE: Titles of Mississippi Fiddle Tunes 1917
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
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.


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