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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 12/30/16 - New Year's A-Comin'


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EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 12/30/2016:  18:04:25


Well I noticed that it was Friday evening and this week's TOTW volunteer had not yet posted, and then realized that I had forgotten to send my standard reminder a couple of days ago. So I checked the Official TOTW Volunteer List to see who was on for today, and discovered that there was no volunteer for today - indeed, there was not even a "today".  For some reason, while compiling the list back in September, I ended it on December 23; I guess just due to a typo of some sort (or maybe I just wanted this year to be over).  So it seems that one of my New Year's Resolutions needs to be "Don't Leave Dates Out of the TOTW List".



Thus we have a quick emergency back-up tune to end the year, but I will at least make it appropriate for the occasion. Today's tune is New Year's a-Comin', a new fiddle tune written by Lynn 'Chirps' Smith and included on his 2003 recording "Down in Little Egypt."



 



LYNN 'CHIRPS' SMITH



Lynn's is a name that is probably familiar to many here on the Hangout.  He has been learning, preserving, and popularizing the traditional fiddle music of his native central and southern Illinois for over 40 years now, starting with his membership in the Indian Creek Delta Boys in the late 1970s, and has also added many of his own fine tunes to the old-time repertoire.  In addition to his solo work, he is a member of The New Bad Habits and The Volo Bogtrotters.



AUDIO & VIDEO



Chirps Smith and friends (band): youtube.com/watch?v=TDhQho23U94



Mark Stopyro and the Whole Hog Musical Review (band): fiddlehangout.com/song/3414



Hangout member and TOTW volunteer Jack Beuthin (solo banjo): youtube.com/watch?v=XtVB5wN1SLE  (Just posted a week ago - good timing, Jack!)



 



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I apologize for the 'spare' nature of this Tune of the Week post.  I will try to get some more content added tomorrow (I hope to find some tablature, but that seems a bit unlikely at this point, since my searches have not yet turned up any).



In the meantime, Happy New Year's Eve Eve!



Edited by - EggerRidgeBoy on 12/31/2016 13:21:13

jack_beuthin - Posted - 12/31/2016:  07:06:43


Well, lucky for me that you skipped a week!  And, as a bonus, here's a tab that more or less goes with my playing.  I was going to post a recording last December, but somehow I didn't get around to it.  Anyway, here we are now.  Happy New Year to all, and may 2017 be filled with musical joy!



JanetB - Posted - 12/31/2016:  08:16:32


Your rollicking video could put some life into my New Year's Eve, Jack, but I plan to stay home quietly, watch sports, and pick banjo.  I would have used your tab, but saw it too late.  



I think we could contact Chirps Smith on Fiddle Hangout and hear the story about his tune.  His fiddling has been a great influence on another favorite fiddler of mine, Rhys Jones.  



Thanks, Brett, for yet another great tune to end our year on a high note (very high -- 9th fret)!



jack_beuthin - Posted - 12/31/2016:  11:39:42


Janet, This is about as rollicking as my New Year's Eve will get. A quiet night at home suits me just fine too.  Well, quiet except for the banjos. 


EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 12/31/2016:  12:53:43


quote:

Originally posted by jack_beuthin

 

Well, lucky for me that you skipped a week!  And, as a bonus, here's a tab that more or less goes with my playing.  I was going to post a recording last December, but somehow I didn't get around to it.  Anyway, here we are now.  Happy New Year to all, and may 2017 be filled with musical joy!







Thanks very much for the tab, Jack. 


EggerRidgeBoy - Posted - 12/31/2016:  13:24:41


quote:

Originally posted by JanetB

 

Your rollicking video could put some life into my New Year's Eve, Jack, but I plan to stay home quietly, watch sports, and pick banjo.  I would have used your tab, but saw it too late.  




I think we could contact Chirps Smith on Fiddle Hangout and hear the story about his tune.  His fiddling has been a great influence on another favorite fiddler of mine, Rhys Jones.  




Thanks, Brett, for yet another great tune to end our year on a high note (very high -- 9th fret)!







 



Thanks very much for your version and tab, Janet!



That is a good idea about contacting Chirps - I did indeed send him a message through the FiddleHangout; if he has anything he wants to share about the tune I will add it to my post.  He has generously helped me out before, when I was researching Illinois tunes.


bhniko - Posted - 01/02/2017:  13:03:00


Nice, easy way to start the New Year. Will try this one today.

Happiest New Year to all.


raybob - Posted - 01/06/2017:  16:26:30


This seems like a really nice dance tune.  Thanks and Happy New Year


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