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Turkey in the Straw
Reed, Henry; fiddle
1 minute, 19 seconds
"Turkey in the Straw" is by now close to universal as an American fiddle tune, being played not only in the Upper South but in every region of the country. It may have originated in the Upper South, but it is by now so well-circulated that it is not easy to reconstruct its original epicenter. In the nineteenth century it competed with a close cousin, "Old Zip Coon," that had the advantage of minstrel stage promotion, as well as a more distant cousin, "Natchez under the Hill," that was associated with the frontier riverboat scene on the Mississippi and its tributaries. "Old Zip Coon" seems not to have survived the minstrel stage, but "Natchez under the Hill" seems to have lingered well into the twentieth century, despite the competition with "Turkey in the Straw," perhaps because "Natchez under the Hill" is usually in the key of A, while sets of "Turkey in the Straw" are typically in either D or G. Henry Reed's version of "Natchez under the Hill," which he called "Natchez," appears elsewhere in this collection (AFS 13705a35, AFS 13035b07). All these American cousins, together with others such as the play-party song "Jolly Is the Miller," seem to be derived from an eighteenth-century British air often called "The Rose Tree." This lineage is discussed, and many variants are listed, in the notes to American Fiddle Tunes (Library of Congress, AFS L62).
Strains: 2 (low-high, 4-4)
Phrase Structure: ABAC QRSC (abcd abc'e c"c"qq' rsc'e)
Slurred bowing, high D on E-string.
Natchez under the Hill
Old Zip Coon
Jolly is the Miller
The Rose Tree
HENRY REED: You know that, don't you?
ALAN JABBOUR: Yeah, I know.
WOMAN: "Turkey in the Straw."
Jabbour, Karen Singer
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Virginia (Giles County)
LWO 5031 reel 3B, AFS 13033B:13