Posted by FretlessinTexas on Friday, August 1, 2008
Thanks to banjo friends Cathy Moore and FiddlerFaddler, for I now know the identity of the tune that I have been playing this week.
I recorded and uploaded it last night in the mancave, and this morning I learned that it was Spotted Pony, which is probably a common tune for many of you
We didn't play that tune in Alabama, and I don't recall hearing it in Tennessee or Georgia, where I would sometimes frequent. You see, I have been living in Northeast Indiana for a little more than a year now, having moved up here from Birmingham.
I'm hearing a lot of Midwestern tunes up here that I never heard down South, which is not a bad thing.
But according to Ceolas, this D tune called Spotted Pony may have originated in the Missouri Ozarks, where there is quite a fiddling tradtion.
I probably picked it up at the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering last month. Or maybe someone played it at one of the regular monthly jam sessions that we are now holding at my home.
But it's funny how some tunes will stick and others won't. I'll often need need a fiddle player to kick off a tune that I have played a hundred times before. Go figure.
Thanks again to my banjohangout friends for solving my mystery tune.
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