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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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Hawk's Caught the Chicken and Gone

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Size: 653kb, uploaded 4/17/2021 9:24:15 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The Tune of the Week features a song and includes this banjo solo by Coon Creek Girl Lily May Ledford. The clawhammer techniques are standard and the tune would be a good one to combine skills of bum-ditty, hammer-on, and drop thumb. The lyrics, which you can hear on the discussion thread, tell of farmers trying to eliminate the threat of having their chickens eliminated by the hawk predator.

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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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Hickory Leaf

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Size: 1,435kb, uploaded 4/10/2013 5:54:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune comes from Kentucky fiddler Owen "Snake" Chapman from his Walnut Gap 1999 CD. Paul David Smith played guitar for him. Both of them mentored to BHO member Jim Reed and that's how I heard about them. Hickory Leaf is the second tune if you go to the Slippery Hill website with over 1,400 tunes.

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Hickory Smith (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Greg Canote

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Size: 1,368kb, uploaded 7/30/2022 11:46:31 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In topics:
TOTW 7/29/22 Hickory Smith

Billy Kearney chose Hickory Smith for the current Tune of the Week. You can hear him play with his band as he fiddles. The Canote Brothers are truly legends and their original tunes are as good as any others they play.

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High on a Mountain (TOTW)

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Size: 734kb, uploaded 1/8/2021 9:59:35 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Based on Ola Belle Reed's version for which you can read a lot of background on the Tune of the Week for 1/8/21. I used to think it was a bluegrass song, but it was old-time first.

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High Up on Tug

Posted by JanetB, written by Edden Hammons

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Size: 1,136kb, uploaded 5/10/2015 7:37:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played at a relaxing tempo for the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/8/15, this tune is named for the Tug Fork River of West Virginia, known for its rugged beauty. It's the locale for the Hatfield/McCoy feud. The name is reminiscent of a failed effort to reach a battle site during the French Indian War due to rough terrain and poor hunting. The starving and mutinous soldiers were forced to eat "tug," or boiled leather strips. Here's the link for the TOTW to read and hear more: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/303503

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High Yellow (TOTW)

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Size: 816kb, uploaded 10/5/2014 2:49:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, this tune comes from West Virginian fiddler Henry Reed via Alan Jabbour. I always like learning the historic tunes collected by Alan. I especially enjoyed his video performance with Ken Perlman where I heard a Southwest flavor and saw a very upbeat Mr. Jabbour. Henry Reed learned the tune from a mulatto fiddler possibly from Texas, which could explain that special rhythm.

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