Billy in the Low Land (Billy in the Low Ground)

As played by Henry Reed from the Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
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Field Recording of Heny Reed made by Alan Jabbour, PhD and available at the Library of Congress


This interesting version of Billy in the Low Ground comes to us from Virginia fiddler Henry Reed. He called it Billy in the Low Land, and played it in the key of G rather than the more common key of C. It shouldn’t be too difficult, but look out for sixteenth notes.


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