Devil's Dream

As played by Austin Rogers from the Alabama region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Austin Rogers Collection

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Local fiddlers in North Alabama

How to classify this tune? The Traditional Tune Archive lists multiple versions, including a reel and a hornpipe. I'm going to call this a reel for now, since I play it as a reel. If any of you think this should be a hornpipe, please let me know and tell me your reasoning. This tune probably originated somewhere in Ireland or the British Isles.

I was in a local band here in Austin, TX for a while, and I would fiddle the A part Devil's Dream as the introduction to Cherokee Fiddle. It was either that or Orange Blossom Special (the other tune mentioned in the lyrics of Cherokee Fiddle), but being an old time fiddler, I preferred Devil's Dream. (As an aside, give a listen to Cherokee Fiddle if you've never heard it. It certainly isn't old time, but as an old time fiddler who is also a Cherokee Indian, that song is especially meaningful to me.)

Don't rush this tune.

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