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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 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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Old Sledge (Ed Haley) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,268kb, uploaded 5/28/2017 2:49:02 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/26/17. I didn't really think I'd try to arrange Ed Haley's more complex version, but here it is anyway. I had read it wasn't a "notable" version, but when I heard a few good fiddlers play it, I thought it was worth trying. I sure wouldn't want to memorize this one -- 56 measures and at least four parts. Ed Haley knew the source fiddler, "Uncle Jack" McElwain (1856 - 1938) and they would "trade tunes." This was supposedly one of Haley's favorites to play, but for Uncle Jack it was his most winning fiddle contest tune. See the TOTW for more info.

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Old Sledge (Hammons) (TOTW)

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Size: 897kb, uploaded 5/26/2017 8:04:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Old Sledge traces back to a West Virginia fiddler born in 1856 named Louis Johnson "Uncle Jack" McElwain, said to be one of the best fiddlers ever, though never recorded. The title could refer to many things, including a card game or a mule. This version comes from Burl Hammons, who learned it from his uncle, Edden Hammons.

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Old Sledge (Wine and Carpenter) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,747kb, uploaded 5/26/2017 8:08:48 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/26/17, Old Sledge traces back to a respected West Virginia fiddler born in 1856, Louis Johnson "Uncle Jack" McElwain. He won many fiddle contests with the piece, including one at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. This clawhammer arrangement includes the versions of West Virginian fiddlers Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter, both who learned it from Uncle Jack.

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Old Smokey (TOTW)

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Size: 1,600kb, uploaded 5/9/2020 3:10:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In topics:
TOTW 7 May 2020 - Roscoe Holcomb's "Old Smokey"

From the singing of Roscoe Holcomb, I admit having a hard time with his banjo 2-finger picking. Even his singing has a timing I can't get -- it's very irregular. But for the Tune of the Week I gave it a try and used his singing to arrange a clawhammer solo instead. Singing here is included, though it's not my fort? to sing solo, so be kind. The interesting thing about this song is that it's related to the familiar one via the lyrics and title, On Top of Old Smokey. There are many more lyrics.

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Old Spinning Wheel (TOTW)

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Size: 1,364kb, uploaded 12/14/2018 4:54:16 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12/14/18, this sentimental song plays out in clawhammer rather than the Scruggs picking style I originally learned it in.

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Old Time Billy in the Lowground (CB) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,208kb, uploaded 3/5/2017 8:00:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 3/3/17, this tune was once called Billy in the Lowground, but was given the prefix "Old Time" so as not to be confused with the other widely played tune. Mr. Gilbert played AB parts with crooked endings. These days it's played AABB. I arranged it for cello banjo in order to try a tuning equivalent to double C but would still remain in the original key of G.

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Old Virge (TOTW)

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Size: 1,663kb, uploaded 7/16/2016 11:35:48 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/15/16, the fiddler credited with the tune is Bill Livers of Owen County, Kentucky. He apparently was a well-liked character and entertaining performer. His grandfather taught him this tune and it's named after a dog, with the sharp barking being heard quite clearly!

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Old Virginia Reel (TOTW)

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Size: 1,077kb, uploaded 4/4/2015 8:38:02 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 4/3/15, this version comes from Parley Parsons of Galax, VA, playing with Alice Gerard's guitar back-up. Mr. Parsons also recorded Virginia Reel with Paul Brown, available on Slippery Hill website, but it's a different tune. I really wonder whether people dance the Virginia Reel to either versions and haven't heard them played when I've seen that dance performed....

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One Hand, One Heart

Posted by JanetB, written by Leonard Bernstein

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Size: 572kb, uploaded 1/4/2012 10:42:20 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My father used to play the West Side Story album where I heard this long ago. I discovered I could play all of it out of closed chord positions and find it's quite fun.

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Ook Pik Waltz

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Size: 1,030kb, uploaded 7/5/2011 10:35:12 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This tune is probably Canadian. It used to be popular at fiddle contests. There's something poignant about it.

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Ookpik Waltz (CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Frankie Rodgers

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Size: 1,879kb, uploaded 9/14/2016 10:15:30 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

When I first learned this piece, 3-finger style, I hadn't checked out the composer's original recording. In this recording I play Canadian composer Frankie Rodgers' Ookpik Owl and then add the first version I'd learned. An Ookpik owl is the same as a Snowy Owl and is a main character in stories and legends, as well as being a popular Canadian stuffed animal. There are Inuit stories about Ookpik, which I think would be fun to collect. As my grandson is currently studying owls, this is a good time to re-visit and share Ookpik Waltz. It was a popular fiddle contest tune for a while and my grandson just began violin lessons. Good connections are made with a banjo!

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