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Man of Constant Sorrow

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Size: 1,079kb, uploaded 9/30/2013 5:51:00 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Ed Haley's version. It inspired John Hartford, too, and he played it for the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. I heard it on an Ed Haley CD I was able to download and it became one of those "gotta learn" tunes.

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Maple Blossom

Posted by JanetB, written by Jim Reed

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Size: 1,136kb, uploaded 12/26/2012 2:46:46 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

BHO's own Jim Reed from Sydney, Kentucky wrote this pretty piece.

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Mary Blossom (CB)

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Size: 804kb, uploaded 7/11/2014 11:51:15 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Dedicated to my mother, now 93 years old. In my mind she's reached the summit, which was the original title of this piece. I'm playing on a Goldtone cello banjo.

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Mason's Apron (CH)

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Size: 2,070kb, uploaded 3/16/2016 6:05:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

After hearing Matt Malloy of the Chieftains, Dave Hum, and finally Don Huber, I got inspired to learn this tune and some of its variations, just in time for Saint Patrick's Day.

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Maurice O'Connor, first air

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,011kb, uploaded 5/21/2015 5:47:35 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A planxty written to honor the head of an important Irish clan. The O'Connors were generous hosts of O'Carolan many a-time. A boyhood friend of O'Carolan's was also an O'Connor named Dennis. They would have known each other as neighbors before O'Carolan's blindness at age 18.

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Maysville

Posted by JanetB, written by Richard Fraley

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Size: 762kb, uploaded 2/23/2012 5:44:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This crooked song from Kentucky is a good intro for me to J.P. Fraley's fiddling. John Hartford String Band does a great version, too, and it's in Jeff Titon's Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes book.

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Maysville (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Richard Fraley

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Size: 2,825kb, uploaded 6/23/2017 6:43:00 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/23/17, Maysville is a town in northeastern Kentucky and the past scene of tobacco trade. J.P. Fraley rode in his father's wagon as a child in the 1930's and learned to fiddle this tune from his father. Oddly, the tuning I used for this recording is sawmill. I added a bit of cello banjo for accompaniment.

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Maysville trio

Posted by JanetB, written by Richard Fraley

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Size: 1,271kb, uploaded 4/12/2012 10:17:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This version of J.P. Fraley's fiddle tune includes banjo, mandolin, and cello banjo. I'm interested to see how the cello banjo can be used for accompaniment.

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Meadows of Dan

Posted by JanetB, written by Alice Gerrard

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Size: 1,710kb, uploaded 9/2/2016 3:46:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my first effort using Garage Band which comes with the Mac computer. I played an openback banjo in modal tuning and a cello banjo in open C tuning. Meadows of Dan is a beautiful little town in the mountains of Virginia where Alice Gerrard did lots and lots of field work collecting music. I don't really know what I'm doing with Garage Band, but it seems to have turned out okay today. Send any feedback my way so I can continue learning.

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Meg Gray

Posted by JanetB, written by George Lee Hawkins

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Size: 1,591kb, uploaded 2/10/2015 9:15:31 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I first heard of this Kentucky fiddler on the old-time Tune of the Week. I've found two sources so far to hear George Lee Hawkins -- the Slippery Hill website and a Traditional Fiddle Tunes of Kentucky cd. When I became aware of this particular tune via BHO member brooklynbanjoboy I looked for more info and read that Mr. Hawkins, born in 1904, heard it as a boy from an elderly fiddler and attempted to reconstruct it much later. He called it Meg Gray, or Maggie Gray, included in Jeffrey Titon's Fiddle Tunes of Kentucky book. It interestingly modulates from minor to major.

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Meriweather

Posted by JanetB, written by Jake Phelps

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Size: 963kb, uploaded 8/9/2014 10:16:14 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the third tune I've learned from this historic Kentucky fiddler, Jake Phelps (1885 - 1977). Bruce Greene recorded him and this is one of the tunes Jeff Titon included in his book of Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes. He describes it in his book as being "well-crafted" and I agree! I used some advanced clawhammer techniques to get the fiddler's notes--the thumb on the first string and an pull-off from a fretted ninth fret to a seventh fret. It was fun and challenging to arrange this one.

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Michigan Pioneer (TOTW)

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Size: 1,149kb, uploaded 11/10/2015 7:54:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 11/7/15, the wanderings of this tune mystify me. With that title it's actually said to have come from Arkansas via a Missouri family who migrated to Oklahoma and then somehow it got to California, my home state, where it was recently taught. It feels like a polka to me and I bet they polka in Michigan.

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Midnight on the Water

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Size: 1,215kb, uploaded 8/1/2011 7:16:26 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Lets me see calm, reflective water at midnight. There's a bit of tension or longing in the song that resolves with a calm ending.

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Mike in the Wilderness (CB)

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Size: 1,643kb, uploaded 8/28/2015 5:51:29 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the fiddling of Kentuckian John Salyer, this is a three part tune with a modal feel, kind of like a mini-concerto. I'm playing on a Gold Tone cello banjo just recently strung with minstrel nylgut strings and tuned an octave below open A tuning.

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Miller's Reel

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Size: 1,066kb, uploaded 10/29/2014 6:17:37 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A J.P. Fraley version of this delightful melody. He cited his source as Frank Clay. It sounds more like a hornpipe when I play it.

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Miracles

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Size: 996kb, uploaded 12/21/2011 9:11:53 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I wrote Miracles on the first night of Chanukah, and have embedded a Chanukah song.

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Miss McLeod's Reel

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Size: 772kb, uploaded 2/15/2012 7:32:21 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An old square dance tune I learned.

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Mississippi Snagboat (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Bert Payne

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Size: 2,128kb, uploaded 10/10/2016 1:10:13 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10/7/16, the amazing duo of Spencer and Rains have released this tune on their DVD/CD "The Spotted Pony." Not much is known here about its author, a fiddler from Kansas named Bert Payne born in 1873. I was able to use Ken Torke's tab to learn the tune and added some cello banjo picked accompaniment. If you don't know what a snagboat is check out this TOTW for some info and pictures.

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Mississippi Waltz

Posted by JanetB, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 971kb, uploaded 7/7/2011 10:13:07 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Such a pretty waltz...

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Molly Sue

Posted by JanetB, written by Jim Reed

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Size: 957kb, uploaded 8/8/2017 11:41:35 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kentucky banjo picker, Jim Reed, was posting for a while on BHO video after video, truly enchanting us with his soft, fluent, melodious 3-finger style. Molly Sue is one of his originals (which he could write instantaneously at will) which is also on his only CD. I learned it yesterday, thinking it has that descending scale (in the A part) I'm looking for and recently posted about on a Sound Off! thread called Kentucky modal tunes. I really think there's a parallel with some Native American music. Kentucky was full of Cherokee Indians at one time. Somehow their traditional music, especially as played on flute, has slipped into our modern mountains. Can it be?

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