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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

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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Sift the Meal and Save the Bran

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Size: 725kb, uploaded 7/1/2014 10:27:03 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time TOTW, 6/27/14, from Kentucky fiddler Wilson Mabe--a happy song he learned from his father.

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Silver Buckle

Posted by JanetB, written by Jim Reed

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Size: 630kb, uploaded 9/21/2011 6:04:42 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Jim surprised me with a song! Learning it lets me see into his magic and genius. He gave me permission to name it, so I did.

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Siman Tov, U' Mazal Tov (KC)

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Size: 1,473kb, uploaded 12/16/2015 11:23:55 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is an Eastern European wedding dance song whose name means "good sign and good luck." I worked on it in response to Banjo Judy's request for clawhammer tabs in the Klezmer musical tradition. She has added a section on her website devoted to this and I've been curious about Klezmer music. I found a youtube video with the song where the crowded room of Russian Jews is full of people dancing in circles around the bride and groom. Such a very happy occasion is the exact opposite of the sad tone of the first Klezmer tune I tried yesterday (Flatbush Waltz). The tuning is unusual in that I re-tuned the 5th string way up to C, so as not to clash with some of the prevalent chordal tones in this song.

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Singing Birds (TOTW)/Little Birdie medley

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Size: 1,220kb, uploaded 4/8/2017 7:46:03 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week from WV Burl Hammonds' banjo. The tuning is "Little Birdie" tuning, f#DABE, so I combined the two similar tunes.

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Skating on the Harbourfront

Posted by JanetB, written by Chris Coole

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Size: 1,255kb, uploaded 12/7/2012 5:32:55 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, Dec. 7, 2012

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