:: Title :: Commentary by Bessie Jones on Pigeon Wing and Wire Gal
:: Genre :: commentary, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones 6/61
:: Date :: 6/26/1961
:: Reference Information :: T945.0, Track 4 (00:01:51)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The first of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Bessie Jones talks about the song 'Wire Gal.' She sings short segments of the song as she is speaking about it.
0 - In the Pigeon Wing, the dancers' feet imitate the fluttering of pigeon wings. A similar dance, Wire Gal is something like the cakewalk, which the girls could do it with containers of water on their heads. Jones quoted in Step It Down: "The Pigeon Wing was just a dance my grandfather did and I never did learn it. It was just a dance he did with no song to it. ? Boy, that was pretty in those long dresses; and there was some way of doing it with their feet up and around." [Source: Step It Down book]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962



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