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Old Beech Leaves (CB) - TOTW

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Size: 1,220kb, uploaded 8/26/2016 5:02:13 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For this week's old time Tune of the Week (8/26/16) one of my favorite tunes learned from my lessons with Adam Hurt has been chosen. I've already recorded Old Beech Leaves a couple of times, so I thought I'd listen to the source recording and try arranging it in another tuning. This one is worked out in open G tuning, played on my cello banjo (so actually tuned down to an open C). It was recorded from the rather rough playing of a Kentucky fiddler from Logan County, Sid Hudnall, who lived with his family pretty much isolated from the rest of the world. Check out the TOTW for more info and tab of Adam's version (with his permission).

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Old Billy Hell

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Size: 885kb, uploaded 6/8/2013 5:39:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week 6-7-13. Something about this tune makes me play faster than usual.

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Old Christmas

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Size: 1,484kb, uploaded 12/26/2015 3:05:02 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12-25-15, luckily Old Christmas refers to the continuation of the Christmas celebration until January 6, the day of Epiphany, so I'm not late in posting this. :) I found out more speaking with my sister living in Spain. January 6th celebrates the day the Three Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus. It took them 12 days to walk there after His birth, therefore the January date. Those 12 days in Spain mean much to the people and the tourists who enjoy the many festivities. In the recent past most presents for Christmas weren't delivered until Jan. 6th, though that's changing these days to make room for Santa Claus and school vacation schedules. This arrangement comes from Bruce Greene, who recorded Kentucky fiddler Manon Campbell and also listened to the Lomax LOC 1937 recording of another Kentucky fiddler, Uncle George Custer Nicholson (1854 - 1941).

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Old Christmas Morning (French Carpenter) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,448kb, uploaded 12/2/2017 10:41:52 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This archaic tune has more than one related version, but this week's old-time Tune of the Week for 12/1/17 focuses on West Virginian fiddler French Carpenter (1905 -1965). I now know why January 6 is also celebrated as Christmas, or "Old Christmas," as the English calendar was changed in 1752 and 12 days were left out, bringing December 25th to January 6th. Learn something new every day....

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Old Drake (TOTW)

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Size: 849kb, uploaded 4/10/2015 11:20:29 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, this comes mostly from Burl Hammons, then Dwight Diller and Jimmy Tripplett, then David Margolin and Yigal Zan. That makes it 4th generation here! It's in modal tuning (gDGCD), but if you check out the current TOTW you'll learn of another beautiful tuning to try it in: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/302159

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Old Granny Rattletrap/Rattletrap medley (CB)

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Size: 1,903kb, uploaded 9/22/2015 7:23:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Since the current old-time Tune of the Week, Rattletrap, is said to be related to Old Granny Rattletrap I thought it would be interesting to compare the two. I discovered that within the first part of the Granny version is the second part of the Rattletrap tune. Old Granny Rattletrap was recorded in the 40's by a fiddler, Bill Hensley, originally from eastern Tennessee, born in 1873. Rattletrap was recorded much later by the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, a group from eastern Tennessee begun by the Birchfield family in the 70's (though the founder, Joe Birchfield, born in 1912, had learned fiddling with his family as a youngster). I'd conclude Bill's Old Granny Rattletrap influenced Joe's Rattletrap, a tune said to be the group's theme song.

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Old Grey Eagle (TOTW)

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Size: 1,304kb, uploaded 10/14/2017 10:20:30 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by Ozark fiddler, Cecil Snow, this is the old-time Tune of the Week for October 13, 2017. It's called a hoedown and its style is compared to Texas swing style with slurred notes. I found it was easy to play because it only used open strings and the second fret. It also has a neat ascending melody in the B part.

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Old Jake Gillie

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Size: 1,160kb, uploaded 4/18/2015 4:34:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This version of the old-time Tune of the Week, 4/17/15, comes from the Kessinger Brothers. It has more of a swinging beat. I haven't listened a lot yet to Clark Kessinger, but in Jake Gillie I hear the skill and smoothness in his fiddling that's highly regarded.

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Old Joe

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Size: 1,508kb, uploaded 4/28/2015 6:03:15 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A second tune I've learned from the playing of Missouri fiddler Lonnie Robertson (1908 - 1981). Old Joe was also played on the Opry and possibly has some links (in its "odd metric patterns") to a minstrel tune of the same name.

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Old Kentucky Whiskey (CB)

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Size: 1,041kb, uploaded 8/8/2015 3:14:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8-7-15, this comes mostly from the original source, fiddler Noah Beavers who recorded for Gerald Harrison on the Dear Old Illinois collection. I also listened to the Indian Creek Delta Boys. I'm playing on a Gold Tone cello banjo just re-strung with nylgut minstrel strings.

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Old Kentucky Whiskey (TOTW)

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Size: 1,065kb, uploaded 8/9/2015 1:17:11 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here is a second rendition of this old-time Tune of the Week for 8/7/15 played on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie. The first recording was on a Gold Tone cello banjo, an octave lower. Here's the link to the current discussion: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/307438.

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Old Man in a Rocking Chair

Posted by JanetB, written by Jim Reed

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Size: 1,436kb, uploaded 9/15/2012 10:01:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An original Jim Reed tune played on gourd banjo.

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Old Man Living at the Mill (TOTW)

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Size: 1,269kb, uploaded 2/28/2019 12:06:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from a Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson recording, Same Old Man Living at the Mill is the old-time Tune of the Week for 3/1/19. Mary Z Cox recently recorded this with all of the lyrics for her new CD Carolina Banjo and says she learned it from the Dillards. What I like about the song, besides its mixolydian melody, is the fact that it has square dance calls in some of the lyrics. I only sing the ones with the dance calls.

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Old Martha Kelly (TOTW)

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Size: 1,364kb, uploaded 3/23/2019 11:06:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This Pennsylvania tune was tracked down by Carl Baron after about 45 years! See the current TOTW for 3/22/19 for its history and story. Rumor has it that Martha was a messy housekeeper...

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Old Molly Hare (TOTW)

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Size: 1,745kb, uploaded 9/30/2016 8:20:57 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For this good ole old-time Tune of the Week, here's a cello banjo/mini banjo duet. After learning that Old Molly Hare's roots go back to Fairy Dance, I couldn't help but thinking of my little Plucky mini-banjo as dancing fairies (I can thank my granddaughter for appreciating the Good People).

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Old Mother Flanagan

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Size: 689kb, uploaded 7/8/2011 10:27:55 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Miles Krassen's Clawhammer Banjo book. Played on a Bart Reiter Whyte Ladye open back.

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Old Plank Reel (TOTW)

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Size: 1,452kb, uploaded 8/14/2020 9:49:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW - Old Plank Road 8/14/20

This is the one of the versions for the old-time Tune of the Week, differing from the famous Uncle Dave Macon song. My arrangement comes from Erich Schroeder (BHO's vrteach). I wish he was still active here and I really enjoyed learning a tune from his recording. The title, as we learn in the discussion thread, is probably not the real one. But if it were to be, I'm reminded of Old Sacramento where you walk on the historic old plank road as you visit the shops and museums and go on the old Delta King steamboat on the Sacramento River. At least, I nostalgically hope we can still do that....

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Old Reuben

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Size: 1,340kb, uploaded 6/18/2015 8:51:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned this week from Missouri gentleman and musical extraordinaire Joe Newberry at the annual music camp in Grass Valley sponsored by the California Bluegrass Association. He turned up the fun meter! He learned this from listening to field recordings of Fred Cockerham, a musical hero he never got to meet.

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Old River Man & MISIP medley

Posted by JanetB, written by John Hartford

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Size: 1,078kb, uploaded 8/3/2011 8:43:43 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

John Hartford captured our attention and our imagination. These two songs are about steamboats--one of the loves of his life.

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Old Sailor's Hornpipe

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Size: 801kb, uploaded 8/26/2012 6:58:24 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This one's for Jim Reed's pick-a-thon, played ever so slowly and delicately for an old sailor to dance a hornpipe, actually because it's all I can do. You've got to respect these pickers who whip out this song like it's a ship in full sail.

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