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Quail is a Pretty Bird

Posted by JanetB


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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 10/15/2012 7:20:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Based on Missouri fiddler Gene Goforth's version as played by John Hartford. Known as Sandy Boys elsewhere.

6 comments on “Quail is a Pretty Bird”

strokestyle Says:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @7:32:59 AM


VancePants Says:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @10:04:52 AM

Well Janet... i only know this tune as "Sandy Boys"... but this quail you've set free, is a pretty bird indeed. Well done!

rgoad Says:
Saturday, October 27, 2012 @11:51:50 AM

Very interesting. Your version is almost exactly as I know 'Sandy Boys'. Other versions as very different in what I think is the B part. I really like this sort of thing, it teaches so much about the history of our music.

JanetB Says:
Saturday, October 27, 2012 @1:14:47 PM

I'm wondering why the Missouri fiddlers have many of the same tunes as those from Appalachians, but with a different name. Maybe the Ozarks separated them sufficiently enough to make tune travel rather difficult. It would seem that the Ozarks tunes evolved a bit later.

John Hartford got his from the Samuel Bayard transcriptions and he was from southern Pennsylvania. Had the tunes therefore already traveled north from Kentucky and West Virginia?

rgoad Says:
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @1:17:19 PM

Janet, can't say about the name and lyric shifts, but many tunes, Shady Grove and Matty Groves come to mind, had that happen. There are linguistic shifts that happen within languages as well as Creoles and Pidgins that serve as transitions when cultures meet. Surely music as a dialect would have that happen, too. The Missouri and Ozark area were destinations of distinct cultures that would have wanted to share music and adapt to their circumstances. Just look at all the lyrics for John Henry, Old Joe Clarke et al.

JanetB Says:
Sunday, October 28, 2012 @2:03:47 PM

No wonder I majored in cultural anthropology. This stuff fascinates me, but the music itself is what I like best.

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