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A Big Win

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Size: 727kb, uploaded 10/17/2014 6:28:18 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

After watching a Giants baseball pennant win I wrote this tune as they celebrated. They're a downhome team to root for--with not a single hero, but all shining stars.

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Across the Plains

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Size: 2,337kb, uploaded 2/23/2017 2:17:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Jake Phelps was a Kentucky fiddler who is known for the "unusual tunes" he played. This recording is multi-tracked with cello banjo accompaniment. I find Across the Plains enchanting and think of the Westward Ho pioneers beginning their journey, before the problems set in....

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All the Gals is Gone Away/Betty Martin medley

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Size: 946kb, uploaded 11/28/2014 10:15:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the Bayard collection of southwestern Pennsylvania via Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers. I arranged these in the old Cumberland Gap tuning--f#BEAD, tuned up one step.

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All Young

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Size: 1,172kb, uploaded 11/4/2012 8:58:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Melvin Wine, the great West Virginia fiddled learned this from his father and it goes back to one of his great-grandfather Smithy's favorite tunes. This is for TOTW.

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American Made - World Played

Posted by JanetB, written by Earl Scruggs

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Size: 762kb, uploaded 4/12/2012 2:57:40 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

When studying Scruggs from his book I learned this tune.

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Annie Laurie

Posted by JanetB, written by William Douglas

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Size: 1,544kb, uploaded 9/17/2012 6:20:26 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old Scottish love song, based on William Douglas's poem in around 1700, was also the first performance attempt of Lotta Crabtree (1847 - 1923). Known now as the Shirley Temple of the 19th century, Lotta walked onto a school stage in San Francisco as a wee little girl under six years old. She burst into tears when trying to sing Annie Laurie and ran off stage. So, stage fright is certainly nothing new! She got over it and became a millionaire and successful Broadway performer, leaving her millions to charity in the 1920's.

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Apple Blossom

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Size: 966kb, uploaded 7/19/2014 3:18:33 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/18/14, this arrangement is from Kentucky fiddlers Jim Bowles and Isham Monday's similar versions. I find it's a melody expressing hope and celebration. I'm in double C tuning, capoed 2, playing my Whyte Laydie openback made by Mac Traynham.

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Arkansas Hoosier

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Size: 877kb, uploaded 3/26/2014 6:27:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 3/21/14 from the fiddling of George Mert Reeves. This recording may be found on the Slippery Hill website on a section I looked at less often. I perceive another treasure chest has been discovered!

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Arkansas Traveler

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Size: 1,268kb, uploaded 4/28/2013 2:03:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, April 26, 2013.

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Ashland Breakdown

Posted by JanetB, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 1,048kb, uploaded 7/11/2011 8:49:47 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Learned from Kenny Baker's version with Bill Monroe. Boy, he sure put in a lot of notes! God bless him.

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Ask That Pretty Girl To Be My Wife

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Size: 1,220kb, uploaded 2/16/2013 4:06:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, Feb. 16, 2013, played on a Gold Tone Cripple Creek mini banjo. Learned watching Clyde Davenport video. What a pretty tune and he's amazing at 92 years old!

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Audrey's Reel

Posted by JanetB, written by Kit Burton

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Size: 1,256kb, uploaded 9/11/2013 6:31:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kit wrote this song in honor of his precious granddaughter, Audrey. She's a lively one and the tune really fits her. I'm playing on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie in double C tuning.

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Backstep Cindy/Granny Went to Meeting medley

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Size: 1,280kb, uploaded 5/17/2013 5:55:17 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'd been working on the "Galax lick" I learned from Adam Hurt, then turned to a Brad Leftwich arrangement of Tommy Jarrel's Backstep Cindy, and finally figured out how to insert that little phrase into a TOTW, Granny Went to Meeting. Other people have different names for the Galax lick, but it's still a convenient way to identify a familiar pattern of fingering and timing.

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Bacon Rind

Posted by JanetB, written by Everett Kays

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Size: 1,256kb, uploaded 5/19/2013 1:57:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 5/18/13. I listened to Everett Kays' fiddling and simplified it.

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Barlow Knife

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Size: 825kb, uploaded 9/28/2012 6:31:00 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm finally learning this tune. It made a great TOTW a while back. Playing on a fretless is quite challenging and also rewarding. The gourd gives it a unique tone. Hope you enjoy!

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Barlow Knife (TOTW)

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Size: 1,711kb, uploaded 4/27/2018 10:06:48 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In topics:
TOTW 26 April 2018 - Barlow Knife? fCFCD

For the old time Tune of the Week, 4/28/18, the first part of this medley comes from BHO member RG, learned (he thinks) from a wonderful friend, Larry Brown. The second part is how I think traditionally of Barlow Knife in three parts. My dad didn't have a barlow knife, but his boy scout knife reminded me of one.

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Bass Cove Waltz

Posted by JanetB, written by Erynn Marshall

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Size: 3,173kb, uploaded 5/11/2017 6:10:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An original tune by Erynn Marshall, whose other tune Madison County Waltz, was a recent old-time Tune of the Week. Her compositions would be recent, but they have a wonderful old-time feel. For Bass Cove Waltz I combined it with cello banjo accompaniment.

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Be Thou My Vision

Posted by JanetB, written by Dallan Forgaill

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Size: 1,055kb, uploaded 1/26/2012 8:36:13 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An 8th century Irish hymn. The English translation is beautiful.

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Beauty in Tears

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,710kb, uploaded 3/14/2017 1:18:44 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune in 3/4 time is a rare find from Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738). It's only found in one source dated in the early 1900's from Chief Francis O'Neill who had procured a rare notebook of old Irish tunes. The melody and title didn't sync well until I made a slide-show video (in the BHO archive) of people happy with tears. As several of my O'Carolan pieces, I've added cello banjo in the background.

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Bell's March

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Size: 1,340kb, uploaded 2/11/2013 4:30:11 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, Feb. 8, 2013. An emotionally moving modal tune.

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