A Henry Reed Reunion
Below is the release announcement for "A Henry Reed Reunion" including a list of tracks and music samples.
on banjo and concertina, and James Reed on guitar. We recorded the CD following our appearance at the Festival of
American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington, last summer.
The CD has (if I may say so) attractive fold-out cardboard packaging (no jewel case). The package includes my essay
describing our relationship to Henry Reed, telling how we came to make this CD together, and talking about some of the
tunes. There are some photographs, too.
The CD has 21 tracks and 22 tunes, all from Henry Reed:
(Click on underlined track titles to hear a music sample.)
Shoes and Stockings
Jump Jim Crow
Reel in A
James Reed’s Favorite
Georgia Camp Meeting
The Girl I Left behind Me/I’m Going Away to Leave You, Going to Tennessee
Hell among the Yearlings
Santa Anna’s Retreat
Quince Dillion’s High-D Reel
Dean Reed’s Favorite
THE PERFORMERS. My mentor Henry Reed (1884-1968) taught me these tunes and many more when I visited his home in
Glen Lyn, Virginia, in 1966-67. My recordings of him, along with an accompanying essay, photographs, and musical analysis,
are available on the Library of Congress website FIDDLE TUNES OF THE OLD FRONTIER: THE HENRY REED
In the 1960s I taught Henry Reed’s tunes to a group of musicians in Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. Some of us became the
Hollow Rock String Band, which introduced some great Henry Reed tunes to the world with an album in 1968, just after Henry
Reed passed away. Bertram Levy was a member of that band and carried the tunes off to the West Coast in 1968. He is now
a doctor in Port Townsend, Washington, where he founded the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in 1977.
James Reed learned to accompany his dad on guitar when he was a youngster in Glen Lyn, and Henry Reed carefully
instructed him about the proper chords. A retired boilermaker, he now lives in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He and I have been
playing together since the 1990s. We gather every Labor Day weekend at Dean Reed’s house in Rich Creek, VA, for a
musical reunion with other members of the family. On Labor Day weekend in 2000 I took Bertram with me, and the rest is –