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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

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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

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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)

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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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Ora Lee

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Size: 967kb, uploaded 7/27/2011 9:43:58 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The Civil War song with an Elvis touch.

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Over the Waterfall

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Size: 1,226kb, uploaded 1/4/2014 3:15:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 1/3/14, based on Franklin George's addition of a third part which may have been learned from Oscar Wright. The original seems to have been learned by Henry Reed listening to a steam-powered calliope! This is the first tune I ever worked out when first learning clawhammer in the 70's, so it's good to re-visit and learn more about it now. I start it off here in waltz time, then speed it up to 4/4 time to get ready to go over the waterfall.

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Oyster Girl

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Size: 1,436kb, uploaded 2/13/2016 10:21:57 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/12/16, this was recorded on Thanksgiving Day, 1951, by Nebraska fiddler Bob Walters. I learned it listening to Dwight Lamb, who was befriended and mentored by Mr. Walters after hearing him on the radio in the 1940's and driving from Iowa to seek him out. This is tune #80 in R.P. Christeson's Old-Time Fiddle Repertory, Vol. 1 collection.

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Oyster River Hornpipe (CB)--TOTW

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Size: 945kb, uploaded 3/17/2014 6:10:18 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For Tune of the Week, 3/14/14, from the fiddling of Lotus Dickey, played on a Gold Tone cello banjo tuned dADF#A. The tune was apparently first played on a fife and later by fiddlers. The history of an Oyster River Massacre in present-day Durham, New Hampshire goes back to the 1690's.

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Paddy on the Turnpike

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Size: 1,339kb, uploaded 6/12/2014 5:54:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Yigal Zan's video with David Margolin's fiddling, Yigal attributes this version to Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. I've wanted to learn this ever since hearing Bill Monroe's instrumental. The title makes me think of Irish immigrants working on the railroad, but I don't know if that's the case.

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Patriotic Medley

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Size: 820kb, uploaded 7/4/2011 1:00:00 PM
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"Well, God Bless America!"--JS That's what Joe Sweiggert said when Rough and Ready, California re-joined the Union to celebrate the 4th of July in 1853.

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Pearl Blake's Tune (TOTW)

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Size: 914kb, uploaded 10/11/2014 8:07:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from the fiddling of West Virginian Melvin Wine, thanks to Dave Douglass who uploaded this hard-to-find resource. Check out the Tune of the Week for 10/10/14. Pearl Blake was one of 14 siblings who died young in the mines, but played tfiddle and this was his favorite tune. http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/292592

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Peek-a-Boo Waltz (TOTW)

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Size: 1,087kb, uploaded 3/30/2019 9:38:34 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An old and sweet waltz is the TOTW, 3-29-19. My arrangement is from Missouri fiddler Art Galbraith.

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Peter Francisco (CB)

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Size: 944kb, uploaded 11/1/2014 12:31:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10/31/14. The history behind this name is fascinating. Check out the TOTW: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/293687 George Washington called Peter Francisco his "one-man army." I discovered I have the 1976 US stamp created in his honor, carrying a half-ton cannon on his shoulder! The tune appeared in Knauf's "Virginia Reels" book in 1839. I'm playing on a Gold Tone cello banjo, so it's in the key of D, played in what's equivalent to open G tuning.

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Piedmont (TOTW)

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Size: 2,202kb, uploaded 3/7/2015 1:07:16 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 3-6-15, this one comes from Missouri and originally probably from Scotland. It has the feeling of a light country dance. I listened to my favorite fiddle player, James Bryan, who got it from a recording of the original source -- Art Galbraith. See the TOTW for more info and my tab. http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/300431

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