Bottle of Wine and a Gingercake, A

As played by Blaine Smith from the Tennessee region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Cumberlands Collection

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1977 field recording released on the album A Bottle of Wine and Gingercake: Traditional Music from Southeast Tennessee


This pleasant, repetitive tune throws a curveball in the B part. The A part consists of a single line repeated anywhere between four to seven times. The transition to the B part is crooked, consisting of two beats where you have to drag the bow across the strings. This is notated as two extra beats hanging off the end of the last line of the A part each repetition. Ignoring those two beats, the B part itself is not crooked by simple beat count. It has 32 beats, but the phrasing is crooked so I have notated it as such.

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