Boogerman TOTW (OT) 4-21-2017
I’ve chosen Boogerman for this installment of TOTW. The Fiddler’s Companion has this to say: BOOGERMAN (WILL GET YOU). AKA and see "Whip the Devil Around the Stump." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, "Most common in North Carolina," but known throughout the Appalachians. The Boogerman is a mythical creature used by adults to frighten children into good behavior.
The tune has a modest internet presence.
A 1924 recording by the North Carolina duet of fiddler J.D. Harris (1868 - 1933) and banjoist Ernest Helton (1892 – 1979) under the alternate title of Whip the Devil Round the Stump is here:
Fiddlin' Bill Hensley (1873 – 1960) of Madison County North Carolina recorded this version as Old Boogerman circa 1940: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUaMJFyZr-w
Here’s a 1978 Tennessee home recording of Loyd Payne and Richard Blaustein on fiddle, George Payne on banjo, and Bill Gosnell on guitar playing Whup The Devil Round The Stump:
Here’s a tight little group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agx2G224gnQ
Here’s a full stringband: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpGJQE--v_U
BHO member blanham posted this banjo solo:
And here’s something a bit different. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbqbvvXOmCA wherein Ray Stevens evokes the innocence of childhood with the line “I know he’s real, I’ll tell you the reason why. Cause my momma told me about him and my momma wouldn’t lie”.
Since the Boogerman character serves a useful child rearing purpose it has variants in many different cultures. Wikipedia has an informative article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogeyman
My Kentucky grandmother was fond of invoking the Boogerman when dealing with me and my cousins. My wife, on the other hand, was always warned about bears; a real possibility within the experience of children reared in the mountains of western North Carolina where her family lived.
A tab is located here: http://www.clawhammerbanjotab.co.uk/page29/page31/files/Boogerman.pdf
And a video lesson is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N-N8Ufbzpw
Readers are encouraged to post facts, observations, opinions, performances and tabs contributing to this thread.