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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: TOTW 4/9/21 - Farewell Princeton (from Clyde Davenport)

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aschweigert - Posted - 04/09/2021:  06:03:28

Hey everybody! Thanks as always to JanetB for inviting me to do another tune of the week.

This week I decided to learn and present Farewell Princeton from the playing of Clyde Davenport. I don't know much about this tune, if anyone has more history let me know in the comments!

It's a little crooked in the B part (two extra beats) and I'm playing it in double D tuning (gCGCD, capo 2).

Here's the version I figured out (tab is also attached below):

There's a source recording of Clyde playing it on a Field Recorders' Collective release:

The amazing Emily Schaad played it in the fiddle finals at Clifftop in 2012: (there's a transcription of her performance and also Clyde's original over on here:

CameronDeWhitt has a tutorial on his site (, and a preview on youtube:

And I like this version from Mike Snider:

Anyway, it's a great tune! Hope you all enjoy and take a little time to work it out this week!

Edited by - aschweigert on 04/09/2021 06:03:58

RG - Posted - 04/09/2021:  09:25:38

Great TOTW Adam, and great rendition. I'm sure the tune refers to Princeton West Virginia somehow, there were some great musician's in that area (Oscar Wright for one). Thanks for posting this one!

JanetB - Posted - 04/11/2021:  08:44:30

This is a dream tune, Adam.  Thanks so much for pointing the way to another of the Field Collector's compilations of Clyde Davenport's tunes.  I like "collecting" his tunes as they are arranged and learned for clawhammer banjo.  There's even a dedicated jukebox dedicated on my site:  Janet B's Clyde Davenport jukebox.  

Your portrayal is swift and fluid, as is Clyde's.  The crookedness in the B part is so typical of his playing. I adopted the part of your arrangement where you drop down an octave on the last measure.  We couldn't get the B part low enough as he did on fiddle, could we, but that's a nice way to include something similar.  Thanks!

mjt0229 - Posted - 04/12/2021:  04:15:54

Great tune.

Here's a video I made of Farewell to Princeton to share with Adam Hurt, who taught it to me by playing a slow and clear rendition on the fiddle. It's not flawless and it's a touch slow but it's not bad.

H Kimball - Posted - 04/12/2021:  15:53:03

Thanks Adam for posting this tune and to all who shared sources and info. I had this tune on my "to learn list" after hearing the Mike Snider medley a few weeks ago. At that time I working on Clyde Davenport's "5 Miles from Town" and thought this was such a fine tune and made a great medley. I never imagined I would get started on Princeton this quick. You Hangout folks are the best.

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