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Evening Star Waltz

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Size: 1,567kb, uploaded 4/21/2015 8:06:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Emmett Lundy played this lovely waltz and may have learned it locally. But it was actually recorded by De Costa Woltz's Southern Broadcasters in the 1920's, where it modulates. I like Mr. Lundy's simple version. They were in North Carolina. He was in Virginia. The radio influence was strong then. I like the image the title gives of dancing when the Evening Star is first seen. That is the planet Venus and is something you who are interested in astronomy may want to look up.

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Fair Morning Hornpipe

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Size: 1,580kb, uploaded 5/18/2016 6:51:43 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This cheerful tune comes from West Virginian Wilson Douglas, though I learned it from Bobby Taylor. I found it examining the very first old-time Tune of the Week dated 7/26/08 and suggested by Erich (vrteach) who never guessed that the TOTW list has way over four hundred tunes now. Fair Morning Hornpipe was offered as a related tune to the original topic, Nancy, and even favored by Erich. It's cheerful and fits the morning today!

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Fairy Queen

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,032kb, uploaded 2/10/2012 6:02:18 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

O'Carolan's Fairy Queen is highly regarded by scholars of his work. To me its sound is more classical than Celtic. Irish folk have believed in fairies, the "good people," and O'Carolan's first composition, Shebeg Shemore, was about a battle between the little people of two hills.

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Fall Days

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Size: 1,179kb, uploaded 9/25/2011 7:13:36 AM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This reminds me of the swirling leaf eddies that keep my first graders from having an orderly line every fall by the cafeteria.

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Fall on My Knees

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Size: 2,070kb, uploaded 2/14/2015 11:50:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week. I listened mostly to Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham's Fall on My Knees and also to Rayna Gellert. It's a sad song for Valentine's Day. I hope everyone's having a happier one!

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Falls of Richmond

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Size: 1,723kb, uploaded 4/1/2013 9:17:46 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my interpretation of Edden Hammon's fiddling. There's been much discussion on the Hangout about this tune and I wanted to find the oldest known source of it, though it's said it comes from his great-uncle Pete, born 1847. I like to think it's about the waterfalls of the James River, but the somber modal tone sounds more like it's about a historic event in Richmond, which would actually make the title "Fall of Richmond," as many also use.

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Falls of Richmond (2)

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Size: 1,758kb, uploaded 5/31/2013 5:58:56 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my second recording of West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammon's tune. The first one was in modal tuning. This one's in open G tuning. I found it was easier and am puzzled why I didn't discover this while learning the piece.

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Far from Home (TOTW)

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Size: 1,475kb, uploaded 2/5/2021 5:35:35 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Interesting to get a Tune of the Week from the Shetland Islands, which is far from home even if you're from Scotland. Our TOTW presenter suggested a homesick sense in a couple of measures, but overall happiness in the rest of this dance tune.

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Farewell Princeton (TOTW)

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Size: 1,551kb, uploaded 4/11/2021 8:36:34 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played by the treasured fiddler of Kentucky, Clyde Davenport, this Tune of the Week introduced me to a second CD of field recordings I wouldn't have known about. This crooked tune is typical of Mr. Davenport's unique, but traditional Appalachian tunes with roots that usually go farther back across the sea.

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Farewell to Erin

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Size: 1,627kb, uploaded 11/24/2012 4:11:36 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Dave Hum, it's my farewell piece for him. He's missed on BHO.

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Farewell Trion (CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Joe Blalock

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Size: 1,070kb, uploaded 1/9/2015 8:38:54 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 1/9/15, this tune was written after Joe Blalock was laid off from his job at the textile mill in Trion. I heard it on Bob Carlin's Banging and Sawing CD. This introduced me to the fiddling of James Bryan of Alabama, who has since become my favorite fiddler. Check out the TOTW thread on Farewell Trion.

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Farewell Trion--3-finger

Posted by JanetB, written by Joe Blalock

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Size: 2,145kb, uploaded 6/21/2011 9:33:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

A beautiful tune. Listen to James Bryan's version on Bob Carlin's Banging and Sawing CD.

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Fat Meat and Dumplings (TOTW)

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Size: 1,412kb, uploaded 10/10/2017 2:42:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10-6-17. Vesta Johnson, Missouri fiddler, learned this from Cyril Stinnett who learned it form his father. I'm glad to see this elderly fiddler (age 95) showcased in this week's TOTW. I find the title amusing.

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Father and Son

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Size: 1,591kb, uploaded 8/3/2015 7:20:12 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An original clawhammer piece, written in semi-traditional ABB format, portraying the feelings of a concerned father and a happy child.

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Feilim's Little Boat

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Size: 1,758kb, uploaded 11/13/2012 6:06:08 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A traditional Irish song about a man named Feilim who took his small boat and it crashed. It may have been an Ulster chieftain whose land had been taken. You can feel the admiration and sympathy in the music. The Irish have a great talent for such expression.

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Find Your Thing

Posted by JanetB, written by John Hartford

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Size: 897kb, uploaded 1/26/2019 2:12:16 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One of the hardly-known tunes of John Hartford from the new book, Find Your Thing has title with a deep thought. As I was watching the Australian Open wheelchair finals last night, practicing the tune, I was moved that these men had "found their thing."

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Fine Times at our House

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Size: 1,556kb, uploaded 12/2/2012 9:38:49 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This Hammons Family tune is one of those captivating mountain melodies that make fiddle tunes a pleasure to hear. Played on a Bart Reiter Whyte Laydie in open G tuning, it would be capoed at the second fret to play with a fiddle.

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Fire on the Mountain

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Size: 1,041kb, uploaded 7/28/2013 1:14:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Adam Hurt's Earth Tones CD. This tune kept going through my head on July 8th as I wondered how close the Smartsville grass fire would come. It ended up burning 73 acres. This version appears to originally come from North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin.

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Five Miles from Town

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Size: 1,967kb, uploaded 12/17/2017 9:38:14 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the fiddling of Kentuckian Clyde Davenport -- one never can get tired of his style or tunes. This one has those little unexpected twists in meter and melody that delight us. I'm in good company with Joe Newberry and Don Borchelt who both uploaded this tune on BHO years ago. Jeff Titon claims it's related to an Irish tune called The Mullingar Races and that other tunes with different melody have been recorded with this title.

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Five Miles of Ellum Wood

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Size: 752kb, uploaded 7/29/2014 7:56:39 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Bruce Greene's CD of this title. I recently "discovered" his fiddling and the significance it had in our knowledge of Kentucky fiddlers, though he first heard this from a banjo player in western Kentucky named James Dickison. It's in the Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes, which I'm happy to also discover.

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