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Lost Indian

Posted by JanetB, written by Ed Haley

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Size: 1,093kb, uploaded 3/29/2014 2:22:19 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This comes from Kentucky fiddler (originally from West Virginia) Ed Haley's historic recordings. As I recorded it I tried to imagine what it would be like for a real lost Indian and figured the title is also an allegory for any problem when you don't yet have the solution.

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Lost Indian

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Size: 671kb, uploaded 10/11/2013 6:06:27 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This version comes from Paul David Smith of Kentucky who learned it from his father. It's in the unusual tuning of fCGCD, though Paul played it in fDFAD. Mine's clawhammered, his was picked. I've wondered how many different Lost Indians there are. I know three distinct tunes called Lost Indian and have heard more than that.

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Lost Indian

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Size: 1,112kb, uploaded 7/28/2012 3:32:46 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An old tune I remember best from listening to Doc Watson.

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Lost Indian (CB), Mose Coffman version

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Size: 1,448kb, uploaded 7/27/2016 10:00:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

When I heard this tune on the double CD set The Hammons Family it struck me as a unique fiddled version of Lost Indian. This is the fourth distinct tune I've learned with the same title and, really, I like them all. Mose Coffman was a good friend of the Hammons and was praised by Dwight Diller for his love of the music and his affinity for teaching.

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Love Somebody (TOTW)

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Size: 6,970kb, uploaded 5/13/2022 10:58:06 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Known by other titles, this arrangement comes from the legendary WV fiddler Ed Haley. I played it on a short-scale Gold Tone Plucky travel banjo, ending up in the key of F and on a short-scale Doc's Banjo in the key of C --just a fun diversion to hear the difference. To play with a fiddler you'd need it in the key of D. Listen to Stephen Rapp with Paul Kirk, Jr. -- great duet!

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Lovely Jane (TOTW)

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Size: 1,041kb, uploaded 12/27/2019 11:34:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the always delightful playing of WV fiddler Melvin Wine, here's the TOTW for 12/27/19. The B part is crooked and leads back to the A part quite easily.

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Lovers' Waltz

Posted by JanetB, written by Jay Ungar

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Size: 1,412kb, uploaded 5/11/2017 6:11:58 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Many know of and play Ashokan Waltz. This other waltz by Jay Ungar has a similar feel -- a lovely tune written in modern times, but as old-timey as I like.

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Lowery's Quadrille (TOTW)

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Size: 2,126kb, uploaded 10/22/2021 3:31:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

John "Dick" Summers was a prolific playing fiddler from Indiana, born before 1900. This week's Tune of the Week features one of his tunes, offered by Carl Baron who played it in the 1970's with the folk who actually recorded Summers. It's a happy beauty of a tune -- Lowery's Quadrille -- perhaps for dancing way back when.

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Lulworth Moon

Posted by JanetB, written by Dave Hum

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Size: 1,008kb, uploaded 6/27/2014 3:27:57 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Today Dave's daughter, Perri, loaded an original tune Dave played while busking. We who looked forward to his videos here miss Dave and keep his music alive. I'm trying a clawhammer version of this tune and also enjoyed looking up the site called Lulworth Cove in Dorset. I figure Dave must have brought his family there.

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Mabel Kelly (cello banjo)

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 971kb, uploaded 7/6/2019 5:11:35 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Mabel Kelly is one of O'Carolan's "planxties" written in honor of a patron where he would stay as he traveled, earning his living in Ireland as a blind harpist in the late 1600's and early 1700's. Miss Kelly was most likely the daughter and heiress of a castle, but died five years before her father. The best source for learning about O'Carolan's life is a biography by Donal O'Sullivan. My Gold Tone cello banjo is equivalent to double C tuning but down four steps to double G.

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Mabel Kelly (with cello banjo accompaniment)

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,326kb, uploaded 7/6/2019 7:03:07 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I've been attempting to learn Mabel Kelly for a while and decided to enhance it with cello banjo accompaniment here. The chords give it a flavor that is just suggested in a clawhammer solo. The Garage Band recording quality isn't as good as I'd hoped, though I have a good Yeti microphone.

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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 Eater (TOTW)

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Size: 1,291kb, uploaded 8/29/2022 10:31:47 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW 08-27-2022 - Man Eater

An odd title for a 1920's Kentucky fiddle contest tune. No lions or tigers there, I'd think. The A part seems to have a big cat playing with his prey. The B part he's eating! Change tiger to kitty cat and man to mouse and I can handle the thought, barely.

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