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Green Pastures

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Size: 1,037kb, uploaded 7/18/2011 7:16:52 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A favorite gospel song.

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Green Willis (TOTW)

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Size: 2,546kb, uploaded 2/10/2017 7:25:49 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Green Willis is named for a fiddler from Willis, Virginia. It's also called The Raw Recruit. When it's played in slow jig time, it's called Chapel Hill March. Go back far enough to Scotland and it was called Da New Rigged Ship. Lots to think about here on this cheerful tune that reminds me of a new soldier marching enthusiastically.

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Green Willis, the Raw Recruit

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Size: 1,089kb, uploaded 10/27/2011 6:12:43 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It sounds like a marching soldier. It must be easier marching to music.

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Grey Eagle

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Size: 861kb, uploaded 10/16/2013 6:10:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is West Virginian fiddler Tom Dillon's version from the MacCrae Sisters. I wish I knew more about him, though Gerry Milnes wrote a little bit in his book called Play of a Fiddle. I think it's got an interesting A part that does a sort of skip-gallop kind of rhythm that intrigued me. A grey eagle is actually a buzzard.

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Groundhog (TOTW)

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Size: 1,759kb, uploaded 1/31/2019 10:23:42 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This fun song is the old-time Tune of the Week for 2/1/19, a day before Groundhog Day.

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Grub Springs

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Size: 563kb, uploaded 11/11/2011 11:29:36 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from a Mike Compton mandolin lesson. Its minor key makes it sound different from other versions.

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Gypsy Dance

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Size: 1,902kb, uploaded 5/18/2016 6:37:51 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by Rhys Jones, this tune is sourced to Kentucky fiddler George Lee Hawkins. Rhys is able to play intricate melodies on fiddle. Playing them on clawhammer banjo is a good challenge!

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Half Past Four

Posted by JanetB, written by Ed Haley

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Size: 1,244kb, uploaded 1/26/2013 3:10:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For Tune of the Week, 1/26/13

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Half Shaved (Dent Wimmer) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,711kb, uploaded 9/14/2018 1:33:53 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This week's TOTW has two versions to choose from -- Wade Ward, who I've heard of, and Dent Wimmer, who I haven't. So I found a Dent Wimmer version of Half Shaved in f#DEAD tuning. What a neat sound it has, though I wonder if the title is related to Shaving a Dead Man....

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Hangman's Reel

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Size: 1,891kb, uploaded 2/26/2016 5:40:44 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Popularized by Virginia fiddler Albert Hash, this is a four part tune whose last part reminds me of Fishers Hornpipe. I learned it in conjuction with the current old-time Tune of the Week, another tune played by Mr. Hash called Nancy Blevins. He lived in an area of Virginia I visited now called "The Crooked Road," known for its "rich musical landscape."

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Hannah at the Springhouse

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Size: 945kb, uploaded 11/6/2012 6:11:53 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

West Virginian fiddler Melvin Wine learned this from his father and never heard it played elsewhere.

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Happy Hollow (CB) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,484kb, uploaded 4/21/2018 5:15:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Happy Hollow is one of North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin's tunes. I decided to play it on the cello banjo, so the key comes out lower than the original (and slower!). Don't you think it's a happy tune?

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Hard Times

Posted by JanetB, written by Stephen Foster

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Size: 982kb, uploaded 11/27/2013 12:05:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's my second take on this tune, with added slides thanks to Marc Nerenberg's suggestion. I'm playing a George Wunderlich minstrel banjo.

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Harlan's Cave

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Size: 1,220kb, uploaded 5/9/2013 5:40:17 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In learning some tunes in the Cumberland Gap/Sandy River Belle tuning I wrote a little tune. It has a darkish sound so I named it after a neat place where big boulders form a little cave where the grandkids like to climb around. I checked later and realized I wrote it in the Aeolian mode in the key of G, played on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie openback.

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Heel and Toe Polka

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Size: 644kb, uploaded 10/18/2011 6:05:49 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from a Bill Monroe recording. A polka danced this fast must be easier than playing it.

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Helen Grace

Posted by JanetB, written by Eric Merrill

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Size: 1,024kb, uploaded 11/6/2013 5:19:38 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW 11/1/13, Eric named his tune after his grandmother and called it Hell and Grace. I can understand how grandmothers could gently let their grandchild know the difference.

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Hell Among the Yearlings (TOTW)

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Size: 1,508kb, uploaded 7/12/2016 11:41:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/8/16, this arrangement is from the fiddling of Arthur Smith. I found out from this TOTW that an explanation of the title is that yearlings referred to young cattle who stormed into a barn while the music was going on. I used to try to rope young steer and they were feisty....

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Henry King's Reel (TOTW)(CB)

Posted by JanetB, written by Trevor Stuart

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Size: 1,376kb, uploaded 12/13/2019 2:18:29 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 12/13/19, Henry King (d. 1856 - 1914) is the many-great grandfather of the talented composer, Trevor Stuart, who passed away but is survived by his brother Travis. They honored their ancestor and educated us a bit about their family history (you can read the liner note in the TOTW thread). The tune has a familiar first part and is then new to me. I chose cello banjo to make the fingering easier in a tuning equivalent to double C.

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Henry MacDermott Roe, 3 settings

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,118kb, uploaded 12/29/2019 3:44:47 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

The immense home of the MacDermott Roe family was Turlough O'Carolan's favorite place. It's where he returned after traveling as a blind Irish harpist and bard to pass his final days in 1738. Henry was the son of these patrons and a friend to O'Carolan, but he failed to live his life completely honorable and almost lost the blessings of his mother. However, all became well again and O'Carolan composed many of his songs in honor of the MacDermott Roe's. You can hear this story in the three settings -- first a happy life with the MacDermott Roes, then the shame of Henry's foibles in whom he married and how he squandered the family wealth, and at last the happy ending of forgiving and enjoying life. Of course, life isn't summarized so simply, but it helps to use one's imagination.

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Hewlett

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 689kb, uploaded 1/14/2012 3:30:41 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's another lively song from O'Carolan.

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