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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

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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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Quince Dillon's High D

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Size: 725kb, uploaded 5/1/2012 6:59:49 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Henry Reed learned this from the Civil War fifer Quince. Alan Jabbour recorded Reed and it's in the Library of Congress. I learned it when a friend showed it to me. The high D note creates a unique sound. I'm playing in open G tuning.

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Quince Dillon's High D (TOTW)

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Size: 1,242kb, uploaded 9/21/2018 4:07:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Re-learned for the TOTW, 9/21/18. When Carolyn (the presenter for Quince Dillon's High D) introduced me to the tune a while back I was trying to do everything with 3-finger picks and without re-tuning. Now I'm back to good old clawhammer re-tuning mode and my short scale Carolina Banjo made it even easier to hit the high D at the 10th fret when tuned to double D tuning.

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R.D. Lunceford's Wolves A-Howlin'

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Size: 2,254kb, uploaded 6/7/2017 7:03:05 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/2/17, this is R.D. Lunceford's recording from his seminal CD Drop-Thumb, 21 Clawhammer Banjo Solos. He graciously gave permission to upload it here and his tab will be included in the discussion forum for TOTW.

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Rag Rug

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Size: 1,400kb, uploaded 6/15/2013 11:06:46 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For Tune of the Week, 6/14/13. From the playing of Harry Elie of Dundas, IL as transcribed by Garry Harrison in his book Dear Old Illinois. I'm playing in open G tuning on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie.

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Ragged Shirt (TOTW)

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Size: 1,304kb, uploaded 10/19/2018 3:00:53 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10/19/18, here's a medley from two source recordings, West Virginian fiddlers Ralph Roberts and Bobby Taylor. The versions are different, yet similar, and I like how they went together.

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Ragtime Annie

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Size: 1,012kb, uploaded 7/11/2014 11:22:30 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/11/14. I worked it out in double C tuning after having played it for years in open G. I dedicate this to Wayne Rutherford who asked for this one every time I ever saw him at a jam.

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Rain on the Water

Posted by JanetB, written by Tony Ellis

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Size: 2,194kb, uploaded 11/28/2017 10:16:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Another one of Tony Ellis' lovely 3/4 time original tunes. The cascading notes remind me of falling water. Though Tony plays 3-finger picking, I play it clawhammer style. The sound of Tony's music is that of old-time, though he was an excellent Bluegrass Boy banjo player for Bill Monroe in 1960 - 1962. His grandmother frailed a banjo and Tony says his re-tuning the banjo to double C reminded him of what he heard her play when he was young.

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Rainbow in My Dream

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Size: 1,573kb, uploaded 12/24/2011 10:54:47 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A nice song borrowed from Chris Sharp and the John Hartford String Band.

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Raleigh and Spencer (TOTW)

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Size: 1,019kb, uploaded 7/26/2019 5:18:43 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the fiddle and vocals of Tommy Jarrell for the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/26/19. Tommy says in his recording that he first heard a colored man come on Sundays and sit under his window quietly picking and singing. Tommy's brother-in-law learned it on guitar and then taught it to Tommy. There's more than one theory about the origins and meaning of the song. I mostly like the bluesy melody.

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Rat's Gone to Rest

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Size: 516kb, uploaded 11/23/2013 3:29:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the Tune of the Week for 11/23/13. It's based on the fiddling of Kentuckian George Hawkins who learned it in 1915 from Bill Trumbo, a black fiddler. Jeff Titon notated it in his book Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes. The title doesn't describe the beauty of the tune, which reminds me of Maggots in the Sheep Hide, another nice tune with a yucky name.

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