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phb - Posted - 11/25/2023:  07:35:02


What do you think are the top 10 fiddle tunes in bluegrass sessions, i.e. the most commonly played? I'm sure this would vary with location but I guess some will show up more often than others. I believe over here these would get the top spots:

Blackberry Blossom
Cherokee Shuffle
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Red-Haired Boy
Salt Creek
Turkey in the Straw
Angeline the Baker
St. Anne's Reel
Arkansas Traveller
Billy in the Lowground

FenderFred - Posted - 11/25/2023:  07:52:31


quote:

Originally posted by phb

What do you think are the top 10 fiddle tunes in bluegrass sessions, i.e. the most commonly played? I'm sure this would vary with location but I guess some will show up more often than others. I believe over here these would get the top spots:



Blackberry Blossom

Cherokee Shuffle

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Red-Haired Boy

Salt Creek

Turkey in the Straw

Angeline the Baker

St. Anne's Reel

Arkansas Traveller

Billy in the Lowground






I think you've nailed it phb



To add to your list Ashokan Farewell



 





 


Edited by - FenderFred on 11/25/2023 07:54:34

BTuno - Posted - 11/25/2023:  07:52:38


Clinch Mt. Backstep
Big Sciota
Gold Rush
Fireball Mail
Bill Cheatum

chuckv97 - Posted - 11/25/2023:  07:52:52


For some reason BB and WBB don't get played much around here.

Our usuals are: Red Haired Boy

St.Anne’s Reel

Red Wing

Cherokee Shuffle

Red Prairie Dawn

Southern Flavor

Salt Spring (mando tune, actually)

Gold Rush

Soldier’s Joy

Big Sciota


Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/25/2023 07:53:31

steve davis - Posted - 11/25/2023:  07:59:29


So many fiddletunes here in Maine.

Fiddletunes have a tradition of changing in popularity depending on what part of the country one is in.

That's a good list,Philipp.



These get played a lot around here.

Dusty Miller

Red Wing

Huckleberry HP

Ricketts HP

Sally Goodin

Sally Ann

Dixie Hoedown

Green Castle HP

Off to California HP



I had to come back and include Sugar in the Gourd.It drives well.


Edited by - steve davis on 11/25/2023 08:01:35

RB3 - Posted - 11/25/2023:  08:10:41


That's a pretty good list.

At festivals, Gold Rush and Sally Goodin were always ubiquitous. At Beanblossom in the Seventies, I can remember hearing Gold Rush being played simultaneously at multiple distant festival jam sessions. For local jams, there are usually some regional preferences. In my neck of the woods, Old Joe Clark and Bill Cheatum always got played at jam sessions.

stanleytone - Posted - 11/25/2023:  12:17:18


I'll throw Big Mon and Forked Deer into the mix

Old Hickory - Posted - 11/25/2023:  13:04:43


Great lists, all.



At jams I've attended over the years Turkey in the Straw and Arkansas Traveler didn't come up with regularity but during my three years in NYC last decade, Big Sciota and Clinch Mountain Backstep were played almost every time-- at multiple venues.

SimonSlick - Posted - 11/25/2023:  13:24:49


Ragtime Annie
Lost Indian
Mississippi Sawyer
East Tennessee Blues
Back Up And Push
Soppin’ The Gravy
Chickens Under The Back Porch
Ashland Breakdown
Sally Goodin
Jerusalem Ridge

Ira Gitlin - Posted - 11/26/2023:  07:23:59


No one has mentioned "Old Joe Clark" here?!?!?!?

steve davis - Posted - 11/26/2023:  09:20:37


Bill Keith's Monroe list such as Santa Claus and Devil's Dream.



Grey Eagle

Anything recorded by Butch Robins


Edited by - steve davis on 11/26/2023 09:23:14

Jack Baker - Posted - 11/26/2023:  10:25:27


That is a difficult question Philipp. My "top 10 favorite tunes" varies from day to day. I could never post a list of any 10 favorite tunes for that reason...Jack


Originally posted by phb

What do you think are the top 10 fiddle tunes in bluegrass sessions, i.e. the most commonly played? I'm sure this would vary with location but I guess some will show up more often than others. I believe over here these would get the top spots:

 



Edited by - Jack Baker on 11/26/2023 10:32:07

steve davis - Posted - 11/26/2023:  14:40:55


I think it's expected that the fiddletune/bluegrass connection is somewhat limited.
I showed some friends the joys of "Green Castle hp" and now we're playing it regularly.
Salt Creek is popular here because we have lots of salt creeks where the rivers and streams meet the ocean.

Whiskey BB gets well-worn here along with Soldier's Joy and The Gaspe Reel because there are folks here that came from the Gaspe and are fiddlers.
I get a nice chance to play with bluegrass and french-canadian fiddlers and there's a lot of each that can be carried over.They co-exist very well.

chuckv97 - Posted - 11/26/2023:  14:48:45


Bill Bradford Keith heard a Nova Scotia fiddler play Devil’s Dream and figured he could find all those notes on the ol’ 5

steve davis - Posted - 11/26/2023:  14:59:00


Some of the best fiddling I've ever heard comes from the French-Canadian players.
I feel so lucky to have played with Lucien Mathiau and Don Roy.I hope I learned something from them.

phb - Posted - 11/27/2023:  06:38:19


Thanks for your lists, guys. I admire how fiddle tunes just seem to spread through some sort of osmosis: two fiddlers sit down away from the session, one of them teaching the other a tune simply by playing it and the other player picking it up by hearing. Mandolin player seem to also do that quite a lot.

When I hear a tune I would like to learn to play, I have to go home and lock myself in my music room with a good recording and see what I can come up with after a couple of hours playing the tune. A day or two later I may discover a better way to play a certain part until I feel happy with my version. So far I can only dream about picking up a melody on the spot and being able to play some Scruggs or melodic style version of it. I guess that's why I try to learn the most popular ones. I can play all the fiddle tunes in my list half decently and some of the others that got mentioned. I guess I will look at some of those that got mentioned more than others.

DRL777 - Posted - 11/27/2023:  06:46:46


quote:

Originally posted by Ira Gitlin

No one has mentioned "Old Joe Clark" here?!?!?!?






That's the first most common fiddle tune I hear around here.



This topic has come up more than a few times. Here's one old example.



banjohangout.org/archive/160152

steve davis - Posted - 11/27/2023:  13:34:25


I like having some that the fiddlers already know like
Minstrel's Fancy
Reel to Montreal
Pigeon on the Gate
Smash the Windows
Crooked Stovepipe
Coachroad to Sligo
The Old Plank Road

wbalsam1 - Posted - 11/29/2023:  20:04:55


Westphalia Waltz
Gardenia Waltz
Uncle Pen
Big Country
Virginia Darling
Fooling Around
Long Bow
The Old Mountaineer
Faded Love
Sweet Bunch of Daisies

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