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MacAllistrum's March

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Size: 980kb, uploaded 7/23/2012 11:47:34 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune was composed for a funeral march after the Battle of Knockinoss in southern Ireland when the Irish and Scottish highlanders lost to the Parliamentary forces on Nov. 13, 1647. It honors the brave Scottish leader, Alisdair (Colkitto) MacAllistrum and his men.

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MacPherson's Rant (TOTW)

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Size: 887kb, uploaded 8/23/2014 8:48:13 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/22/14. The lyrics are quite moving, telling of the real Jamie MacPherson of Scotland (1675 - 1700) who played a fiddle tune before being hung, who smashed his fiddle, and who would have been pardoned if someone hadn't moved the clock up by fifteen minutes. I like the part of the chorus which says, "He played a tune and danced it roon." Here's a link to the thread: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/290158

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Mad as a Hornet

Posted by JanetB, written by Owen "Snake" Chapman

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Size: 1,438kb, uploaded 4/14/2018 10:51:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 4/13/18, Snake wrote this tune during a recording session and it was was recorded and kept for posterity with this title that was reminiscent of his experience as a child of being knocked down by an angry hornet.

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Madame Butterfly

Posted by JanetB, written by Giacomo Puccini

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Size: 850kb, uploaded 8/23/2011 6:13:35 PM
Genre: Classical / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This operatic song was learned before a trip to Italy when I didn't yet know I'd be staying in Lucca, the very town of Giacomo Puccini's birth. As it turned out, he also wrote Girl of the Golden West which was performed in San Francisco in 1907 and included the well-known mistrel Jake Wallace, who taught Lotta Crabtree how to play banjo. Small world.

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Madison County Waltz (CB) (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Erynn Marshall

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Size: 1,520kb, uploaded 2/25/2017 11:23:48 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/24/17, Erynn wrote this song after earning an Appalachian Fellowship Award and spending time in Kentucky to research the music. The tune was her thank you to the local folk with a little "wistfulness thrown in" for her departure. I'm playing on a Gold Tone cello banjo using 2-finger picking style. I'm playing AB rather than AAB. The tuning is comparable to double C, but tuned down and the key comes out in G, just like Erynn's recording on her CD "Meet Me in the Music."

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Maggots in the Sheep Hide

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Size: 1,093kb, uploaded 11/11/2012 6:16:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For Don Borchelt's TOTW. It's a happy, meandering tune for having such a title, but I figure the sheep ranchers are dipping their sheep in sheep dip, thus the picture of working together and accomplishing the job.

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Maid Behind the Bar

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Size: 2,744kb, uploaded 1/27/2015 5:59:25 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Ever since hearing Dave Hum play this tune I've wanted to learn it. I happened upon it in a Ken Perlman clawhammer book and found I could play it.

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Make a Little Boat

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Size: 1,556kb, uploaded 12/16/2016 6:30:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Epic Kentucky bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker played Make a Little Boat with his buddies after learning it from Howdy Forrester. I think of Mr. Baker as a swing-type of fiddler with Bill Monroe, but his family background was as an old-time fiddler. I can just see a little guy growing up in the country sailing his hand-made boat in a little creek....

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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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Messenger (TOTW)

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Size: 1,140kb, uploaded 6/26/2020 4:21:23 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW - Messenger

Learned from my favorite old-time Alabama fiddler James Bryan, who learned it from another Alabama fiddler, Jim Cauthen, who learned it from another one, Henry Lee Hudson of Clarke County, who was taught the older fiddling styles of the 1800's, like that of his father, Joseph Hudson (b. 1860) and other family members.

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