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John O'Reilly (1st air)

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,070kb, uploaded 6/23/2018 9:23:50 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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Playing Jigs

The O'Reilly's of 17th century Ireland were amongst Turlough O'Carolan's supportive patrons as the blind harpist traveled far and wide. When O'Carolan wrote a tune in their honor it was given the label "planxty." Unable to play for several weeks due to my broken shoulder, I offer something recorded previously on my clawhammer banjo.

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John Riley the Shepherd/Southern Flavor medley

Posted by JanetB

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Size: 1,627kb, uploaded 2/14/2013 6:20:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The similarity of these tunes' beginnings inspired me to combine them as a medley.

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John Stinson's #2 (TOTW)

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Size: 1,472kb, uploaded 6/1/2018 9:22:27 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/1/18, with no real title. It may have been collected in Ireland and the title forgotten. The tune has a beautiful emotional quality I like. Thank you, Mary Z Cox for presenting another one of your outstanding repertoire pieces this week.

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John's Tune

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Size: 849kb, uploaded 9/30/2012 7:55:26 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is one of Don Borchelt's Clifftop, 2012 tunes he played with a WV fiddler named Ralph Roberts. This tune was learned from Ralph's grandfather, John. Its structure is unique, with 12 measures that lead right back to the beginning. I'm grateful to Don for sharing Ralph's music.

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Johnny Booger

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Size: 801kb, uploaded 9/21/2013 4:31:58 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, Sept. 19, 2013, played on a Gold Tone mini-openback. I think the other names for it are related, and I like them better, like Johnny Booker or Johnny Bucker, but oh, well. The way Lee Hammons played and, more specifically, the way Chuck Levy interpreted it, make it another Lee Hammons beautiful piece I'm glad to learn.

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Johnny Walk Along With Your Paper Collar On (TOTW)

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Size: 1,124kb, uploaded 3/21/2015 4:25:11 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, this comes from Texas fiddler Duck Wootan (1882 - 1964) whose grandson posts on Fiddle Hangout. The paper collar part was an education for me. Check it out: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/301201. I was able to learn this quickly through the tab of Ken Torke. It's a light-hearted tune for this Saturday afternoon before company comes, but we're going to work the garden a bit, not dress up in anything with a fancy collar.

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Johnson Boys (TOTW)

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Size: 969kb, uploaded 9/21/2019 5:03:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of Virginia fiddler Albert Hash, this Tune of the Week for 9/20/19 is an old and widely recorded and tune.They say it goes back before the Civil War and was a comical courting song. The Johnson Boys really got around, even when they were broke.

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Jonah in the Windstorm (TOTW)

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Size: 1,352kb, uploaded 9/14/2019 4:09:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As brisk a storm as one can imagine caused Jonah to be thrown off the ship to Tarshish in the biblical account. I don't normally attempt to play this rapidly, but that's how it was played when Kentucky fiddler Glen Fannin was recorded. Then again, many fiddlers play faster than I like to (or can) go...

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Josephine's Waltz (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Roger Talroth

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Size: 852kb, uploaded 6/7/2014 5:41:39 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tune of the Week, 6/6/14, from an original modern piece by a Swedish guitarist in a well-known folk band called Vasen. It's a moving, poignant waltz named for his niece at her baptism. The band plays it in F. I'm playing it in the key of C.

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Josie Girl

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Size: 1,580kb, uploaded 6/24/2016 6:51:33 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/24/16, Josie Girl was learned by Tennessee fiddler Charlie Acuff (b. 1919) from his grandfather. A josie is said to be a lady's overcoat with a cape. Art Stamper called the tune Josie-O.

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Julie Ann Johnson (CB)

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Size: 873kb, uploaded 2/10/2014 12:18:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I'm playing on a Gold Tone cello banjo, re-strung with nylon strings. In my continuing Skype lessons with Adam Hurt, he encouraged me to listen to Emmett Lundy's fiddling and arrange a tune for clawhammer. Mr. Lundy, from Grayson County, Virginia, born in 1864, is one of many highly-regarded fiddlers from that region. He learned from an elderly fiddler, Greenberry Leonard, born in 1812. Mr. Leonard was said to be one of the very best fiddlers from that region, so studying Lundy's style takes me way back in history. I find that the syncopated and slurred notes of this well-known tune make it stand out as unique and pretty.

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Julieanne Johnson

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Size: 774kb, uploaded 4/9/2012 1:42:35 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

BHO pickers have posted so many good versions of this great tune that I was inspired to learn it.

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Julieanne Johnson on cello banjo

Posted by JanetB

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Size: 783kb, uploaded 4/10/2012 7:22:54 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learning to play the cello banjo is an interesting challenge. It does remind me of playing the cello a long time ago, but with no bow. We called that "pizzacato."

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Just Over the Mountain (Reed's Reel) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,328kb, uploaded 8/3/2019 4:40:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Henry Reed, WV fiddler, passed this on to Alan Jabbour and Tommy Thompson of the Hollow Rock String Band. It's in modal tuning and has that typical feel of a West Virginia tune. It's the old-time Tune of the Week for 8/2/19.

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Katy Bar the Door (TOTW)

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Size: 907kb, uploaded 12/5/2014 11:32:11 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12/514 this was learned from the fiddling of Rayna Gellert who learned it from Roscoe Parrish of Virginia. The discussion thread for this tune tells of an interesting story of Catherine (Kate) the Queen's lady-in-waiting who heroically tried to protect King James I: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/295494/#3733746.

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Katy, Fetch the Soap Home (TOTW)

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Size: 1,328kb, uploaded 1/8/2018 11:31:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of Kentucky fiddler, Estill Bingham (1899 - 1990), this old-time Tune of the Week is a nice, but rare tune, learned from his father Noah Bingham. Bruce Green first recorded him and there's a nice photo of him if you have the Jeff Titon book called Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes. He died at age 91 in an accident while walking to work.

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Kentucky Waltz

Posted by JanetB, written by Bill Monroe

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Size: 1,080kb, uploaded 7/14/2011 8:47:06 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is a state song. What a wise choice for an official song, like an official bird or flower. I've never been there, but the song makes it feel like it would be a nice place.

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Kentucky Winder (TOTW)

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Size: 1,244kb, uploaded 11/16/2018 4:16:14 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 11-16-18, Kentucky Winder is a crooked tune from John Salyer. A winder may be a kind of a dance, but not much is known about it. Kentucky tunes like this are often mysteriously pleasing.

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Kick Up the Devil on a Holiday (CB) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,711kb, uploaded 11/27/2016 1:03:21 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 11/26/16, this old minstrel tune comes from Thomas F. Briggs' Banjo Instructor of 1855. I'm playing on a Gold Tone cello banjo in order to play in the key of G, but tuned down five steps to put it in the key of D. It's Thanksgiving weekend and, though we didn't "kick up the devil," we had a very pleasant holiday. Hope you did, too.

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Kiley's Reel

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Size: 3,183kb, uploaded 2/24/2024 12:07:55 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW 02/23/24 ‘Kiley’s Reel’

A Tune of the Week with various titles and styles, but popularized most by a Canadian string band as Kiley's Reel, whose style is normally notey and energetic. For the final B part, I combined this clawhammer arrangement with its minstrel roots in the last time through on the B part.

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