Billy in the Low Ground

As played by Melvin Wine from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Melvin Wine Collection

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Field recording available on the CD/DVD set "One More Time": The Life and Music of Melvin Wine from the Augusta Heritage Center


This is West Virginia fiddler Melvin Wine’s fine version of Billy in the Low Ground. Wine seemed to use a lot of sawstroke bowing in this tune rather than his usual Georgia Shuffle. There’s some nice syncopation here, some of which is achieved by ties across measures. Look out for sixteenth notes.

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