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Mr. Barwick's Tune (TOTW)

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Size: 1,089kb, uploaded 7/30/2017 5:44:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It's thought that this old-time Tune of the Week comes from California Kathy Barwick's grandfather. She'a a local staple for good music here in California. The tune is simple but catchy. When played by Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones it's a real old-time treat.

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Mrs. Maxwell

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,989kb, uploaded 3/14/2017 1:15:51 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

A planxty written by Turlough O'Carolan for a wealthy patron's wife. It's a happy tune in 4/4 time with cello banjo accompaniment.

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Muddy Roads

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Size: 1,364kb, uploaded 3/25/2016 6:20:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of Dwight Diller for the old-time Tune of the Week, 3/25/16. The tension of the tune from G to F chordal sounds reminds me of muddy roads, indeed. I don't like them at all, but I like the tune!

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Mulberry Gap (TOTW)

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Size: 2,442kb, uploaded 6/5/2020 9:41:00 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Passed down through generations, northern Georgia banjo player Chesley Chancey (1913 - 1980) passed the tune Mulberry Gap from his grandfather on to Stephen Wade in 1979 while Art Rosenbaum recorded it at Chesley's home. He played it in the 2-finger style. I play it in the clawhammer style.

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Music for a New Found Harmonium (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Simon Jeffes

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Size: 909kb, uploaded 6/2/2019 4:41:18 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is a tough challenge for the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/31/19. Our presenter, Andy Alexis, plays it like a champ and his old band, the Piney Creek Weasels made it a show stopper. I'm trying it once through, based on Andy's tab that really clarified what goes on musically here. I'd call it a quirky tune, but also fun to hear.

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My Long Journey Home (TOTW)

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Size: 935kb, uploaded 8/12/2017 11:41:27 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old-time Tune of the Week for 8/11/17 reminds us in melody of some other traditional songs, such as Gotta Travel On and even Worried Man Blues. The Monroe Brothers recorded this as their first ever recording in 1936 and Bill said that it was commonly sung in Kentucky at the time.

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Nancy Blevins (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Nancy Blevins

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Size: 897kb, uploaded 2/26/2016 5:38:15 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, North Carolina fiddler Nancy Blevins supposedly wrote and fiddled this dance tune. It's described in a quote by Virginia fiddler Albert Hash, who was related to her and whose grandfather remembers dancing to it as a youngster after the Civil War.

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Nancy Dawson

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Size: 705kb, uploaded 10/24/2012 6:00:11 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week on the Playing Advice: Clawhammer and Old-Time forum. This is based on Isham Monday's version as tabbed by Maya Whitmont.

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Napoleon Crossing the Alps

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Size: 2,929kb, uploaded 7/22/2017 5:23:24 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Napoleon Crossing the Alps is a tune with several names I've wanted to learn for a while. One of them is Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies. This recording has two parts -- the first is in SRB tuning (f#DGF#D tuned up a step) and the second is open G tuning. Adam Hurt taught me that G tunes can often be played well and sound good in the tuning he calls SRB, or Sandy River Belle. Perhaps you'll notice no difference in the two versions, also played on two different banjos, with cello banjo accompaniment.

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Nashville Blues (TOTW)(CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Earl Scruggs

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Size: 756kb, uploaded 6/16/2019 9:16:49 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's a bit of an Earl Scruggs classic for the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/16/19. I've always thought it's fine to play in clawhammer style whatever suits me, though others may differ in opinion. The Dm tuning (aDFAD) gives this tune flavor and then it jumps suddenly to a major chord. Great composition!

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Natalie's Dance & Harlan's Hornpipe Medley

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Size: 1,133kb, uploaded 7/25/2011 10:27:11 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

These were written to continue a tradition of honoring each grandchild with their own song.

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Nestlings

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Size: 861kb, uploaded 3/16/2013 6:02:54 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Dedicated to Paul Roberts and his creation, the Goldtone Soundbird tenor banjo. I composed this using clawhammer, but no 5th string to simulate a tenor banjo.

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New Money (TOTW)

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Size: 1,353kb, uploaded 3/28/2020 4:31:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 3/27/20, New Money is a Kentucky fiddle tune. I found a version by J.P. Fraley, one of my favorite fiddlers. I'm in the rare tuning of gCGCE which makes a nice open C sound.

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New River Train (TOTW)

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Size: 5,624kb, uploaded 2/12/2018 12:37:37 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/2/18, this is the Rough & Ready Fruit Jar Pickers sing-along version. Lots of people singing, lots of instruments, countrified style. My solo is minimal, heard after the electric guitar after the first verse. The FJPers disbanded last June. I played every Sunday with this rollicking group for 14 years. We always had an audience with songbooks who flipped through the book as our leader, Everette Burkhard, called out each song number. From gospel songs to old-time to country, we made lots of music over the years, sometimes sounding great, sometimes pretty awful. But it was always about being with friends and having fun together at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace and later at the Grange when they tore down the palace and put up a beautiful fire station.

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New Year's A-Comin' (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Lynn 'Chirps' Smith

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Size: 1,472kb, uploaded 12/31/2016 8:08:01 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week this New Year's Eve, from the playing of Chirps Smith, Midwest fiddler. He's a big influence and mentor for one of my favorite fiddlers, Rhys Jones. It's a cheerful, rollicking tune, though mine's on the quiet side. I plan to stay home on New Year's Eve and watch sports and pick banjo!

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North to Wisconsin

Posted by JanetB, written by John Hartford

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Size: 1,544kb, uploaded 12/16/2018 12:38:44 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Intrigued by the title and the tune as played by Matt Combs, I had to work harder than usual to arrange John Hartford's fiddle tune. It has a Southwest/Latin flavor, though the title takes it much farther up north where John performed at an annual bluegrass festival in Mole Lake, Wisconsin.

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O and K Train

Posted by JanetB, written by Addie Graham

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Size: 1,236kb, uploaded 12/31/2013 9:08:32 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

When Addie Graham wrote this in eastern Kentucky the O and K train line had already been build in front of her home. I'm playing on a Robert Browder small-scale gourd banjo.

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O'Carolan's love song--Bridget Cruise

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 917kb, uploaded 1/18/2012 6:10:21 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

O'Carolan had a sweet friendship with Bridget Cruise before he was blinded. Later he wrote four airs with her name as the title. He held her hand again one day for a fast moment while helping strangers board a boat he was about to leave. He recognized her hand!

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Obama's March to the White House (CB) (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Greg Canote

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Size: 2,202kb, uploaded 5/6/2017 12:05:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/5/17, Obama's March to the White House is a stately, but lively tune composed by the fiddling Canote twin, Greg. I heard Adam Hurt's beautiful playing of it before this TOTW made me aware of the Canote Brothers own version.

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Off to California

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Size: 926kb, uploaded 11/27/2011 5:57:45 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

First played in waltz time, then as a hornpipe.

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