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George Brabazon airs

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 873kb, uploaded 9/26/2011 6:11:26 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The second air is played first, the first air is known as a drinking song. The Irish people must have enjoyed their get-togethers!

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Georgia Railroad (TOTW)

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Size: 2,094kb, uploaded 11/5/2017 6:49:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Nov. 3, 2017, Georgia Railroad was popularized by Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers in the 1920's. It's been recorded many times since, sometimes with silly lyrics, which I like. The first version I heard was actually Adam Hurt's upbeat fiddle version on his new CD Artifacts. I combine three versions here, one from Riley Puckett, who sang and played guitar on the original recording, one from Adam, and one other related tune recorded by Fiddlin' John Carson and recently by Harry Bolick called Way Late Last Night When Peter Went a-Fishing.

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Georgia Row

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Size: 843kb, uploaded 9/8/2013 1:18:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, 9/6/13, this is from Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas. The actual Tune of the Week is Walking Down Georgia Row and is very different, in my opinion, but I like learning anything from Buddy Thomas' playing.

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Get Up in the Morning (TOTW)

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Size: 1,291kb, uploaded 10/5/2018 4:30:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10-5-18, "Git Up in De Morning" is in Thomas Brigg's 1855 Banjo Instruction book. I arranged it for clawhammer style from Joe Weidlich's minstrel tab. It's said that Bill Whitlock learned this in 1839 from Joel Sweeney himself. I hear Blue Tail Fly. There are lyrics, too, and we can hear them in the discussion thread link by BHO member Tim Twiss.

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Gilda Roy

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Size: 1,141kb, uploaded 8/28/2015 5:59:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From Kentucky fiddler John Salyer, this is a little known tune from home recordings in the early 40's. The title appears to come from a Gaelic term for "red-haired boy." The intense feel of the tune may resemble reputation often given to red-heads.

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Gilsaw

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Size: 1,388kb, uploaded 2/23/2013 4:26:36 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 2-22-13. This tune's name is the name of a Missouri fiddler who played it. He must have been a happy fellow! It's in the Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes as played by Preston "Pete" McMahan (1918 - 2000).

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Give Me Your Hand/Kerry Fling medley

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Size: 1,926kb, uploaded 3/28/2013 4:44:14 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two Celtic tunes to begin Spring break.

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Glory in the Meetinghouse

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Size: 1,556kb, uploaded 3/4/2013 6:03:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Luther Strong in the Library of Congress. This tune was claimed to have earned him $500 in fiddle contest wins. Reading about him in Stephen Wade's book The Beautiful Music Around Us reveals much about Mr. Strong's life and music.

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Goin' Uptown

Posted by JanetB, written by Oscar Stone

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Size: 1,174kb, uploaded 9/17/2013 6:10:00 AM
Genre: Ragtime / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, Sept. 13, 2013. The beginning does sound like Ragtime Annie. When Humphrey Bates' group, The Possum Hunters, plays it at the infant Grand Old Opry in the 20's you hear the caller shouting, "Everybody dance!"

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Going to the Wedding to Get Some Cake (TOTW)

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Size: 1,472kb, uploaded 2/4/2018 2:50:42 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/2/18, this rare tune comes from the 1930 recording of Mississippi fiddler Alvis Massengale who played with the Newton County Hillbillies. It has some similarity to Going to the Wedding, Sally Ann, Great Big Taters in Sandy Land, and Mississippi Square Dance. I liked how the B part went and have used that fingering in its 4th measure for several unrelated tunes. For tab see the current TOTW.

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Gold Rush (CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Bill Monroe and Byron Berline

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Size: 698kb, uploaded 5/19/2012 1:57:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Happy tune. The era of the gold rush had a huge effect on the U.S.A. We still feel the impact. My little ghost town of a community used to be quite large and the "miner forty-niner" was quite real. Being that Bill Monroe performed it, does that make it bluegrass? Or is it old-time?

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Gone Indian (TOTW)

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Size: 1,072kb, uploaded 9/8/2017 11:56:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of the great Texan fiddler Bob Wills and for the old-time Tune of the Week, 9/8/17, it's a treat to have this tune with our old-time repertoire. Mac Benford plays it on banjo and that's good enough for me! The band leader I worked with for 14 years played steel-pedal at one time and his love for Bob Wills showed. He had us learning some of his instrumentals over the years, so here's one I can show him. :)

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Good Night Hurricane Irene

Posted by JanetB, written by Plinky & Plunky

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Size: 1,225kb, uploaded 8/28/2011 2:37:40 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

We have close family in Virginia and thought about them during the hurricane.

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Goodbye, Old Paint

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Size: 1,208kb, uploaded 3/3/2015 6:21:04 AM
Genre: Folk / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Today the Lomax Project CD comes out -- a collaboration by Jayme Stone with several great musicians. I received it and was inspired to learn a tune, but went to the original source, Jess Morris, after reading Stephen Wade's chapter on him in The Beautiful Music All Around Us. Stephen wrote the introduction to the extensive liner notes that comes with the new CD. Delightful old Western tune.

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Gospel Medley

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Size: 1,315kb, uploaded 8/24/2011 5:17:55 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Precious Memories, Farther Along, In the Sweet By and By The first time I've recorded in one take, in honor of Jim Reed, my BHO friend whose friend, Paul David Smith passed away yesterday.

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Gospel Plow (TOTW)

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Size: 2,126kb, uploaded 7/24/2020 10:57:36 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My two favorite versions are by the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Dwight Diller. I love the lyrics as sung by NBB.

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Granddad's Favorite

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Size: 1,208kb, uploaded 3/11/2013 6:21:52 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 3/8/13. West Virginian fiddler Ernie Carpenter's grandfather liked this. He learned it from his father since his grandfather had passed away.

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Granny Went to Meeting

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Size: 885kb, uploaded 4/12/2013 6:27:53 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week 4/12/13. This is #801 on the Slippery Hill website by Earl Thomas, Jr. of Kentucky.

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Grasshopper Sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine

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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 7/5/2013 10:16:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, 7/5/13, a fun tune to play. This one modulates from D to A. I'm using modal tuning, though it seems that double D would have been the normal way to go.

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Greasy String (TOTW)/Seneca Square Dance medley

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Size: 1,917kb, uploaded 1/5/2019 3:35:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The old-time Tune of the Week for 1/4/19 is one of the Greasy String tunes. According to Adam Keisling there are six distinct tunes with that title. His choice for TOTW is the one Dwight Diller and Jimmy Tripplett learned from West Virginian Lee Hammons. I used tab on Dwight's site and combined it with Seneca Square Dance and another Greasy Coat Dwight recorded from Burl Hammons. I hear similarities on all three tunes.

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