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Santa Anna's Retreat and British Field March medley

Posted by JanetB, written by Henry Reed

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Size: 1,089kb, uploaded 8/28/2012 6:20:56 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Henry Reed learned these from the Civil War fifer Quince Dillon. The two tunes are both in Am and one leads easily to the other in a medley.

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Santa Claus

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Size: 978kb, uploaded 8/18/2011 5:55:17 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This was the first song I figured something out with melodic fingering. Bill Monroe is given credit for writing this, though it's very similar to I Don't Love Nobody.

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Scolding Wife (CB)

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Size: 1,424kb, uploaded 11/1/2015 7:06:46 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by North Carolina fiddler Marion Reece (1874 - 1941). I can hear the scolding in the A part very clearly!

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Scotch Hornpipe/Snappin' Bug medley

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Size: 1,592kb, uploaded 10/8/2014 5:20:52 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the Samuel Bayard collection of Pennsylvanian tunes in Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife. This medley is played by Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers on their excellent CD "Up in the Batten House."

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Setauket (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Anthony Hannibal Clapp

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Size: 2,546kb, uploaded 12/24/2016 2:50:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 12/23/16, Anthony H. Clapp (1749 - 1816) -- said to have been an excellent fiddler and a slave belonging to the family of William Sydney Mount (famed painter of The Banjo Player) -- wrote and named this tune for the town in which he lived. Mount had it in his collections of fiddle tunes, which are kept at the Stony Brooks Museum in Long Island, NY. See this week's TOTW for more info.

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Shady Grove

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Size: 1,383kb, uploaded 3/14/2012 8:25:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kit and I enjoy this song. Together with mandolin and banjo we're Plinky and Plunky.

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Shaking Off the Acorns

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Size: 1,339kb, uploaded 1/9/2013 8:40:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From Edden Hammons fiddling, inspired by Adam Hurt's fiddling (yes, fiddling).

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Shaking Off the Acorns (TOTW)

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Size: 1,898kb, uploaded 9/7/2018 8:02:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time TOTW, 9/7/18, Shaking Off the Acorns comes from the playing of West Virginian fiddler Edden Hammons, who would have been 113 years old today. Most everybody else records it as Shaking Down the Acorns and it's definitely one of my favorite tunes of all time. It's modal and the first part has 12 measures with three 4-measure phrases.

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Shebeg Shemore

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,581kb, uploaded 10/10/2011 8:58:18 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This was Carolan's first composition at age 21, blinded since 18 years old, and embarking for the first time on his journey as an itinerant harper. The squire at his first stop suggested he compose a song about two neighboring hills where two fairy hosts had battled. Carolan's genius for writing was thus born.

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Sheebeg, Sheemore (CH)

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 2,214kb, uploaded 6/18/2013 12:21:55 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Classical

When I originally learned this I used clawhammer tuned to double D. Then I learned it in open G 3-finger picking style. Now I'm trying it again with clawhammer after more than 30 years. It's coming back to me and I still think it's amongst the prettiest tunes ever written. The story goes that Sheebeg, Sheemore was the blind harpist's first composition in 1691. It's meaning is "Little Mountain, Big Mountain" and was named for a location where a battle between fairy peoples allegedly took place.

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Sheep Shell Corn by the Rattlin' of his Horn

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Size: 1,065kb, uploaded 2/21/2016 6:12:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/20/16, this comes from the fiddling of Emmett Lundy, whose mentor, Greenberry Leonard, was born in the early 1800's and died in 1892. Thus it probably harkens back to before the Civil War. Sheep Shell Corn is recorded as a poem in a 1920's publication called Negro Folk Rhymes, so I can imagine perhaps slaves sang this song as they shelled corn (a tedious job) or as they danced to their own music. I used some of the verses from the TOTW discussion: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/315336.

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Sheep's in the Meadow (TOTW)

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Size: 1,089kb, uploaded 11/30/2018 11:42:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Sounding much like Barlow Knife, Sheep's in the Meadow is this week's TOTW for 11/30/18 and is really old-timey. It's from a recording of Gaither Carlton by Alice Gerrard. Gaither was Doc Watson's talented, gentle father-in-law.

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Shelvin Rock

Posted by JanetB, written by Jeremiah Carpenter

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Size: 1,096kb, uploaded 8/18/2012 2:41:50 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old West Virginia tune commemorates the place where Solomon Carpenter was born in the early 1790's under a rock ledge where his parents were hiding from Indians. His father, Jeremiah, later avenged the death of his brother Benjamin during the Indian raid. This version comes from West Virginians Burl Hammons and Dwight Diller. It's played on a small scale fretless gourd banjo made by BHO member Robert Browder.

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Shenandoah Falls

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Size: 1,388kb, uploaded 9/4/2012 5:39:25 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A cheerful tune in A with a Bm sound in the B part. My mother still says at 91 years old that good songs always have a minor.

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Shenandoah Falls (TOTW)

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Size: 1,372kb, uploaded 3/10/2020 10:20:21 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In topics:
TOTW March 6, 2020 Shenandoah Falls

I've loved this tune ever since hearing Mary Z Cox play it. I don't know where Iearned my unique B part, but with Shenandoah Falls as the Tune of the Week for 3/6/20, I decided to learn the more traditional B part, played the second time through here.

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Shenendoah/Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie

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Size: 843kb, uploaded 3/8/2012 6:20:53 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two songs expressing a western theme.

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Sherburn's Breakdown (TOTW)

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Size: 2,366kb, uploaded 2/1/2015 9:14:12 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 1-30-15, this old dance tune is named for an old Virginia family home. The fiddler, John Ashby, played with a group he called the Free State Ramblers. It's quite a bit of interesting history I'll continue to learn about from the current TOTW.

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Shoes and Stockings, one more

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Size: 682kb, uploaded 2/5/2012 2:31:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Thought I'd give Mark Johnson's great tune of the week a try. Anything he and Henry Reed do are great learning tools. I do it in open G tuning, 5th string spiked to an A, in the key of A. As challenging as a first grader learning to tie his shoes......

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Short's Addition

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Size: 1,087kb, uploaded 12/9/2014 6:26:29 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is from Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas' playing. The title refers to a small subdivision in Vanceburg, KY built in around 1910 and was learned from Joe Stamper of Lewis County, according to the liner notes in "Traditional Fiddle Music of Kentucky, Up the Ohio and Licking Rivers." The tune reminds me of Woodchoppers Reel. I always like to learn something by listening to Buddy, the great fiddler who died rather young.

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Shout Little Lulie (TOTW)

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Size: 1,171kb, uploaded 6/11/2016 2:04:40 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/10/16 this is a combination of Ralph Stanley and Rufus Crisp. Ralph says it was the first tune his mother ever taught him. Rufus turns out to be the first person to ever teach Pete Seeger frailing (see page 10 of How to Play the 5-String Banjo by Pete Seeger).

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