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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 6/28/19 - Will Davenport's Tune

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aschweigert - Posted - 06/28/2019:  09:40:36

I recently started trying to learn some F tunes and here's one that's fun to play.

The modern source for this one is Allen Hart and Kerry Blech and they have some liner notes ( that hint at the origin:

WILL DAVENPORT'S TUNE [Key of F: banjo - gFGCD] When Clyde Davenport taught me this tune he said he learned it from his father, Will Davenport, a Kentucky fiddler. Since there is no name for the tune that Clyde could remember, Kerry Blech and I adopted the name from Clyde's father. We can be heard playing Will Davenport's Tune on The Young Fogies, Volume II (Rounder Records) and with Sheila Blech on Devil of a Row (Swing Cat Records).

Here's their recording:

I learned it recently in a different tuning (fDGCD) but still in the Key of F. I don't know much else about it so I'd be curious if anyone plays this one or has any other historical notes.

Here's how I've been playing it, up to tempo and then slowed down.

I'll also try to get a tab up this weekend for folks who want to learn it (unless someone beats me to it ;)

JanetB - Posted - 06/28/2019:  22:22:42

Thanks for such a soothing, hypnotic tune.  Your fast and slow versions are both enjoyable, Adam.  I like it slow, but Clyde plays it fast.  Clyde Davenport is one of my favorite fiddlers, but his banjo playing is more rare. He is alive and can still play in his 90's.  I found this tune, called Banjo Tune, on a DVD called Shades of Clyde at 49 minutes.  He explains that his father taught him and the title is unknown. The unusual tuning is fFGCD and Anita Kermode calls it an G modal variant (Anita Kermode's list of banjo tunings on ZEPP's site).  

Clyde Davenport

RG - Posted - 06/29/2019:  16:25:52

Great tune of the week and real nice version Adam, enjoyed that!

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