A music search of BHO will reveal a few recordings of "Sarah Armstrong's Tune" (notably Zepp's version). Of course, it would be nice to have recordings of Sarah herself playing this, and other of her tunes. But she was never recorded. Thankfully, S.P. Bayard transcribed and published 37 of her tunes in his 1944 "Hill Country Tunes." This is where I learned the first three tunes in the medley. "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" was not a Sarah Armstrong tune, per se, but I have added it as a contrast (?) to "The Blackbird," which she called "Napoleon Crossing the Rhine" (The Blackbird is an Irish aire from which "Napoleon Crossing the Rhine" is derived).
Part of the reason I picked these Armstrong tunes is in response to previous threads that devalued tab and music notation relative to learning tunes by ear. That said, there is an excellent CD by Todd Cleswell that consists entirely of Sarah Armstrong tunes ( cdbaby.com/cd/toddclewell ). Also see Todd's "Sarah" page ( toddclewell.com/sarah.html ) which gives a link to a *.pdf of "Hill Country Tunes."
While I'm on the soapbox now, my point about tabs/written music is just that they are another tool for learning tunes. Many tunes I do learn by ear, but it is just about impossible to learn (for example) Cincinnati Quickmarch (a Civil War era fife tune) unless you are willing to read the fife manuals. Speaking of tabs, all but "Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" are on my page ( lylewk.home.comcast.net/ ).
Always loved "Old Tarheel", another name for Old Reel No. 33. Played it once in Carl Jones presence. He told me that he thought that James Bryan mad up the name "Old Tarheel" as a humorous reference to Carl himself.
This is great! I've now learned that 'Sarah Armstong's tune' has two other names, learned who Ms. Armstrong was (and ordered a CD to learn her tunes on my fiddle), and discovered that one of my favorite tab resources has what looks to be some very straightforward arrangements of these fantastic tunes-of-the-week.
I don't quite know how to say this without sounding full of myself, but I've always thought my 2004 recording of SAT was about my favorite thing I've done. Usually, I can't stand to listen to my own recordings, but I sorta like this one. I had never heard the tune played on banjo when I recorded this, but I really liked the way it laid out.
It was recorded using a Mike Ramsey Dobson-style Woody that I took in trade: aCGCD capoed to double D (aDADE).
Chuck - Thanks for the info; I didn't know about the relabeling. In searching around for that I found nettally.com/fiddler/fsfanews.htm which has your link for a *.pdf of Hill Country Tunes at the bottom. I had a link for Andrea's scan, but it was on her personal site so the nettally.com/fiddler/sara_armstrong.pdf link is better. And it's a better copy than the one at Lamancusa's page.
Jim & Erich - Good to hear that you're ordering the CD. Guess I should too!
Zepp - Your recording is also a favorite of mine, and I've "heard" a number of people marvel at the triplets in that *.mp3 in past BHO threads.