JAMES HENRY REED
Learning Henry Reed's music is also learning about the man who sought old-time Appalachian musicians and devoted his life to learning and sharing their music. That man is Alan Jabbour (1942 - 2017). Henry (1884 - 1968) was in his 80's when Alan "discovered" him. Reed had lived all his life in Giles County, Virginia. The many, many recordings of Henry's fiddle became the foundation for a group called the Hollow Rock Stringband which were based in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the 1960's -- the hotbed for old-time music. Alan was fundamental in preserving music in the Library of Congress, available for anyone to search on-line today. The old tunes Reed had learned from his family are included in the staples of old-time music today. Here is a small sampling, arranged by me for clawhammer banjo with tabs available on this site.
Quince Dillon, Civil War fifer
Henry Reed knew Quince Dillon as an elderly fiddler, and learned tunes from him that were pre-Civil War. Henry in turn passed them on to a young Alan Jabbour. Now the music is passed around by today's old-time musicians. There's even a Henry Reed Memorial Festival
held once a year, boosted by its founder Chris Via and his family and neighbors for the past 16 years.