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Pike County Breakdown (CH)

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Size: 776kb, uploaded 8/7/2012 10:39:46 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The clawhammer version suddenly appeared. This is for Banjoy's post-a-thon.

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Piney Woods

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Size: 1,628kb, uploaded 7/24/2015 11:53:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of Dwight Diller with Jimmy Tripplett. Dwight describes this tune in the notes on page 48 of his extensive notes for Yew Pine Mountain, a CD not available. He learned it from Burl and Sherman Hammons. Here's the link to the notes including his tab in the tuning of gBDGD: http://dwightdiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/C.-DLLR-TabBook-2006_07_31-page-numbers-correct.pdf I do an up-the-neck B part. My tab in common open G tuning is on a current Sound Off post.

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Piney Woods Gal

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Size: 1,013kb, uploaded 1/22/2014 7:10:18 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by Grayson County, Virginia fiddler Emmett Lundy, who was recorded by the Lomax's in the 1940's, and arranged for clawhammer banjo by Adam Hurt. Marking my first anniversary of taking lessons from Adam, this is played on my Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie banjo with Adam's fiddling. He sent me the fiddle recording as part of a Skype lesson where he taught me this version of Piney Woods Gal. After a year I feel I've only just begun to learn from the depth of Adam's resources and through his talent.

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Pittsburgh Hornpipe

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Size: 1,185kb, uploaded 4/3/2015 8:53:38 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune is included in a collection by M. Higgins in the library of William Sydney Mount, the famous painter of The Banjo Player. I learned it listening to Gilbert Ross fiddling it on one of three remaining Cradle of Harmony violins patented by Mount, now in the Smithsonian. I'm 3-finger picking this.

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Planxty Fanny Powers

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,343kb, uploaded 6/18/2011 2:11:11 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

O'Carolan wrote this in honor of one of a hostess where he stayed awhile. He was a blind Irish harpist, born in 1670.

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Polecat's Den

Posted by JanetB, written by Clyde Davenport

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Size: 923kb, uploaded 9/29/2017 5:36:02 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune was once a TOTW back in 2012, but I'm just getting around to it. I once had a polecat (i.e. a ferret) visit the classroom one day and I'll try to dig out photos. I recall the owner said he didn't have a permit for it, so mum's the word... When Clyde Davenport sings "ain't goin' there no more" I'm not sure what he's referring to as a polecat's den. Don't enlighten me unless it's gentle! The tune is catchy, beginning on a IV chord, in this case a G chordal sound when the tune is in C. Mr. Davenport (who I think is in his 90's now) played it greatly on banjo, though he's known more for his fiddling. If you play it still in jams, like RG did when it was TOTW, let me know, please.

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Polly Put the Kettle On (TOTW)

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Size: 1,948kb, uploaded 1/18/2015 3:41:14 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The old-time Tune of the Week for 1/16/15 allowed me to look at many sources. I ended up learning from Kentucky fiddler Emmett Lundy, Virginia banjo player Wade Ward, and traditional children's nursery songs. Check out more information on the tune: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/297815

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Possum in the Well

Posted by JanetB, written by Randy Marmouze

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Size: 805kb, uploaded 3/11/2014 8:30:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 3/7/14. I like all the possum tunes! Played with new nylgut strings on my oldest little banjo.

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Possum on the Rail (TOTW)

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Size: 1,508kb, uploaded 6/3/2016 4:11:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the 1930's recording of the Mississippi Possum Hunters for the old-time Tune of the Week. I'm partial to possum tunes, and anything Bigfoot plays....

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Possum Up a Simmon Tree

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Size: 775kb, uploaded 10/28/2013 5:35:02 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from a recording by Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas. I like to learn any of Buddy's tunes--he had a smooth, intricate style. And also to learn any of the possum tunes as my memory of one is quite fond.

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Possum's Tail is Bare

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Size: 1,207kb, uploaded 8/3/2012 10:24:43 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, August 3, 2012.

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Prairie Lullaby

Posted by JanetB, written by Jimmie Rogers

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Size: 800kb, uploaded 7/8/2011 9:27:25 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A pretty lullaby by Jimmie Rogers, the yodeling brakeman. "Tumble in bed my tired little ole sleepyhead to a prairie lullaby."

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Pretty Little Cat (CB)--TOTW

Posted by JanetB, written by Wilson Douglas

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Size: 913kb, uploaded 4/12/2014 2:43:05 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 4-11-14. I listened to Erynn Marshall's fiddling for this version. As I was learning this old-time tune my pretty little cat, Louie--black with a white tuxedo, was amusing me with his hunting antics.

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Pretty Little Dog (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Lee Triplett

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Size: 1,089kb, uploaded 9/23/2016 8:16:42 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

After reading Lew Stern's new book, Dwight Diller, West Virginia Musician, I became more inspired to keep learning this region's special branch of mountain music. For the old-time Tune of the Week, 9/23/16, Pretty Little Dog is a sawmill tune with kind of funny origins. Lee Triplett wrote it, along with Pretty Little Cat, after having trouble learning his friend Doc White's Pretty Little Shoes. Dwight learned it from Lee in the 70's and still plays it today. Lots of Hangout members have recorded it. Check out the TOTW for more info.

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Pretty Little Widow (TOTW)

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Size: 1,113kb, uploaded 6/18/2016 3:11:12 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/16/16, this arrangement uses three sources: fiddlers Clayton McMichen, of North Carolina, who learned it from his father and recorded with Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers in 1928; William Stepp, who recorded it with John Lomax in 1937; and John Ashby of Virginia, with his Free State Ramblers band. If you go to the TOTW thread, http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/319572, there's a great link of Stringbean playing and singing. It's a much better piece with the singing, IMO, but strangely the vocals don't use the double tonic mode like you hear in the A part.

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Pretty Polly (TOTW)

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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 9/28/2018 4:57:40 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 9/28/18, Pretty Polly is an old, old song with other titles and many lyrics. I listened to Ralph Stanley with Patty Loveless and to Abigail Washburn with Bela Fleck's banjo, so this arrangement modulates in sawmill tuning as I imagine Willie and Polly having their depressing conversation.

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Puncheon Floor (TOTW)

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Size: 1,543kb, uploaded 11/19/2016 11:27:01 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old time Tune of the Week, 11/18/16, Puncheon Floor (or Puncheon on the Floor) comes from the fiddling of Esker Hutchins of North Carolina. A puncheon floor was made from split logs finished on one side. This upbeat tune modulates from G to D. Rather than play it in open G I tried it in Cumberland Gap tuning (gEADE). Check out the TOTW for more info.

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Quail is a Pretty Bird

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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 10/15/2012 7:20:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Based on Missouri fiddler Gene Goforth's version as played by John Hartford. Known as Sandy Boys elsewhere.

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Queen of the Earth and Child of the Sky

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Size: 1,544kb, uploaded 2/2/2013 6:53:13 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is a West Virginian fiddler Edden Hammons tune. He probably learned it and didn't have the title, so gave it this unusual one. The title is found in similar lyrics in an 1850's shape-note book. He liked it so much he's heard to say, "Ain't that nice" at the end of the recording.

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Queen of the Earth and Child of the Sky (CH)

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Size: 963kb, uploaded 8/25/2013 2:33:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my clawhammer version based on West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons. It's also known as Wounded Hoosier or Wounded Hussar. I've also heard the recording from Marcus Martin of North Carolina so I think Mr. Hammons learned it without knowing the title at the time.

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