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Stillhouse and Little Satchel

Tunetorial description – 30 – Bonus week! Two tunes by request – Stillhouse AND Little Satchel

Dan had requests for both of these tunes and since one (Little Satchel) is more fragment or repeating “riff” than a full tune.

Stillhouse – Key of D – double D tuning – aDADE. – Fun tune! Sometimes called “Down to the Stillhouse” or Cider from the words “Cider cider, cider cider, down (or “goin’” to the stillhouse get a little cider…” the tab for this can be found in Dan's book, “Kyle Creed – Clawhammer Banjo Master” (MelBay 22137).

Kyle Creed’s recoring of this one is the one Dan likes best. He recorded it on Tom Mylet’s “Banjo Lessons on Kyle’s Back Porch”. Other recorded references include Brad Leftwich from his Old Time Fiddle Round Peak style, Matokie Slaughter from Clawhammer Banjo Volume 2, Sidna & Fulton Myers from their Field Recorders’ Collective CD, Buddy Thomas – both on his Kitty Puss and the Digital Library of Appalachia recordings and others.

Dan originally learned this one with a crooked twist – a tag of half the first part going right into the second. SO, while He teaches it straight, he does sometimes go into that twist. A fun tune to jam or dance to this one is pretty basic and a standard of the OT Jam crowd.

Little Satchel – g#C#F#BE (“Bead” tuning – f#BEAD capoed at the second fret.)

This tune may be more of a challenge getting into the tuning than playing! And as we said it is more of a musical phrase repeated than a full blown tune. For those reasons it isn’t often played at jam sessions unless you get into a “bead” session – which does happen now and then. BUT it is a great song if you like to sing and might be a good one to add to your performance repertoire.

This one comes from the playing of Fred Cockerham and is in Dan's upcoming book (with Bob Carlin) “Fred Cockerham and Tommy Jarrell – Clawhammer Banjo Masters” (MB 30107) due out in January 2015.

The best recording of this one is Fred’s playing on the Field Recorders’ Collective CD though another version of his is on the 1974 Brandywine recording (Heritage 006) if you can find that one. There is also a cool band version from the Wandering Ramblers that would be worth a listen if you can find it.

The words to follow? From Fred: “Under my bed, you set your satchel. Under my head, you lay your little hand.”

Price: $6.00

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