The Wounded Hussar – also known and pronounced as The Wounded Hoosier.
I would love some help here if anyone knows more about this tune. My best guess is that the tune morphed during civil war time. When I first heard this tune I really enjoyed its solemn quality. The Original Skirtlifter’s recorded it on their “Fire Alarm” cassette long time ago. Fire Alarm can be found on Billy Mathews Website banjobilly.net The liner notes simply say civil war tune. Skirtlifters recorded it with a drum as the tune is a march. The fiddlers companion book attributes the tune to a Scottish poet Thomas Campbell in 1825. You can read more about it here ibiblio.org/fiddlers/WO.htm#WOUNDED_HUSSAR
The definition of Hussar can be found here answers.com/topic/hussar 1. A horseman of the Hungarian light cavalry organized during the 15th century. 2. A member of any of similar, ornately uniformed European units of light cavalry.
The tune is very old and there is a you tube video of Barney Mc Kenna and Tony Mac Mahon playing a tune by this name, but it is not the same tune I know as Wounded Hussar youtube.com/watch?v=u_leFY8oFbg
I have an embarrassing fiddle version on my personal site which I recorded in March. At that point I had a messed up version of the B part in my head. I title it Wounded Hoosier, maybe I'll change that.
Nice. This is one of those you seem to hear all over the place--in sound tracks, within medleys on recordings, at festivals. I really liked your deep-tone setting on the long banjo, Christine. Nice playing.
Martin Fox and Jeff Winegar also credit Marcus Martin for the "Wounded Hoosier." They also state that the tune "may be related to the Irish air, "The Wounded Hussar."
Hey thanks everyone. That big banjo can hit that bottom range, I am still trying to tame it. Vrteach thanks for the link to both your music and the session. So this tune has all those names, but when you listen to the You tube video when Barney and Tony that I linked above sure sounds like a different tune to me. Ramjo thanks for the link. I am glad people play this in jams. I had never heard it before Billy introduced it to me recently. Thanks tfaux and Jojo25.
Great choice Christine...really cool on that Schall...check out Edden Hammon's "Queen of the Earth and Child of the Skies" and compare to this tune...as mentioned, I love Marcus Martin's version of "Wounded Hoosier" on "When I Get My New House Done"...
Thanks again. The night before I was responsible for the TOTW I played this tune with my drummer friend Mike Klein. Nuts encouraged me to post the recording we did of the drum and banjo together. Mike had not brushed up on the traditional drum style for marches but he sure does a really great job. So I posted that version under my music also banjohangout.org/myhangout/mus...?id=20281
Since this tune is a march it is very fitting to have the drum in there.