Parallel Anthology Track 29

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Icon Public Domain.jpg Track 29: Jilson Setters - The Wild Wagoner   Victor 21353-A; Recorded in New York, 27.2.1928


No image of record label available.


Neither Anthology booklet assigns authorship, nor does www.78discography.com or victor.library.ucsb.edu.


Harry Smith's Anthology booklet says that this tune "can be located in any standard volume of American contemporary dance tunes".


According to the Old Weird America blog, "'Wagoner' is a very popular fiddle tune, a square dance’s favorite of the old days and maybe every old-time fiddler knows a version of it. It’s a tune in the key of C, a key less played than the regular A,G and D but if a fiddler knows one or two tune in C, it’s probably 'Wagoner' or 'Billy in the Low Ground'." However the blogger points out that this version of the classic tune is a "unique version, with a very unusual B part that modulate from C to D".


There are good grounds for treating this composition as public domain.


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