Old-Time Tune of the Month for Aug. 2012: Ducks in the Pond

Henry Reed (1885-1968) of Glen Lyn, Virginia, recorded this tune for Alan Jabbour in the 1960s. During the summer of 1973, I spent a couple of months as an intern at the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song. My boss was Alan Jabbour and I spent much of my time transcribing his recordings of Henry Reed’s fiddling. This particular tune seems to be a variant of “Lady of the Lake,” which appears in an early 19th century publication from the state of Virginia. You can learn much more about Mr. Reed and listen to his music on the Library of Congress website Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection.

Ducks in the Pond (dance speed)

 

Ducks in the Pond (sheet music)