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Black Hills Waltz (w/CB)

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Size: 1,747kb, uploaded 7/27/2013 1:36:29 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, July 26, 2013. This beautiful waltz is being played on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie and a Gold Tone cello banjo.

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Black Jack Grove (Texas & Kentucky)

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Size: 1,795kb, uploaded 3/11/2016 8:18:40 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The old-time Tune of the Week for 3/11/16 is Black Jack Grove as recorded by the Lomax's in 1939, played by Texas fiddler Lake N. Porter. The other Black Jack Grove comes from Kentucky fiddler Walter McNew. I play them both here for comparison's sake, which worked out since I arranged them both in open G tuning.

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Black Mountain Rag (CH)

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Size: 680kb, uploaded 7/9/2012 8:34:16 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the brotherhood, from your sister. My favorite version has been Doc's.

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Black Snake Bit Me on the Toe (TOTW)

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Size: 789kb, uploaded 1/7/2017 9:18:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, this is the old-time Tune of the Week for 1/6/17. Clyde's fiddling is always great and goes along well with clawhammer banjo style. I'd hate that snake, though. Reminds me of the meat bees here that only bite my husband's toe!

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Blackberry Blossom

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Size: 917kb, uploaded 4/11/2012 10:15:14 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A favorite tune, a little too early for the blossoms here in the California foothill springtime, but with lots of good memories picking berries with the grandkids in summer.

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Blackberry Blossom (Emma Lee Dickerson)(TOTW)

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Size: 2,034kb, uploaded 9/26/2020 3:49:16 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

In topics:
TOTW 09/25/2020 - Emma Lee Dickerson's "Blackberry Blossom"

A wonderful champion fiddler, Tatiana Hargreaves, plays the Tune of the Week and bases it upon the older fiddler Emma Lee Dickerson. In an interview Tatiana claims that's her doppelg?nger, a new word for me. They look alike in photos. The tune is very familiar to me, but Emma Lee's is unique, so I also include the more traditional one in this recording.

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Blackberry Waltz, Ozark Waltz medley

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Size: 2,177kb, uploaded 4/15/2016 4:47:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From two Ozark fiddlers: Fred Stoneking of Missouri and Absie Morrison of Arkansas. Hope you enjoy the relaxing tempo of these waltzes!

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Blind Mary

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,723kb, uploaded 5/31/2017 8:28:32 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

There was really a harper in Ireland called Maire Dhall (Blind Mary) who is known to have taught harp to friends of Turlough O'Carolan (1670 - 1738), so it's assumed he knew her, too. The melody is rather dramatic and you get a feeling of respect for this woman, who, like O'Carolan, must have traveled, played harp, and taught for a living.

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Blue Mule (TOTW)

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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 1/13/2017 12:54:35 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 1/13/17, this version comes from Missouri fiddler Cyril Stinnett. I liked it because the B part reminds of me Flop-Eared Mule.

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Boating Up Sandy (TOTW)

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Size: 1,004kb, uploaded 9/12/2014 8:48:29 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, this version comes from Owen Snake Chapman of Pike County, Kentucky. He learned it from Kenny Baker's father, Thaddeus. Mine is slowed-down and I can imagine going up a river cautiously in the wilderness. I play it in open G tuning on a Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie. Check out this week's TOTW for more information and links. http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/291188

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Bob Taylor's March

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Size: 1,544kb, uploaded 6/7/2016 11:00:16 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tennessee fiddler Charlie Acuff played this one and told the story of the 1886 campaign for governor between two fiddling brothers of different political parties. Bob Taylor won and this was one of the tunes linked to that famous campaign. Charlie said the tune was first called "Old Squeaking Fiddle." It's waltz time, not march, but it all seems to fit in with an unusual story, and very appropriate on this election day.

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Bob Wills Medley

Posted by JanetB, written by Bob Wills

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Size: 1,471kb, uploaded 3/12/2012 5:45:50 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The group I play with on Sundays--the Rough and Ready Fruit Jar Pickers--does a lot of songs that our band leader likes and he used to play pedal steel guitar. So here's Maiden's Prayer, Steel Guitar Rag, and Roly Poly (with some quiet vocals in honor of my new cello banjo arriving this week).

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Bonaparte's Retreat--William H. Stepp

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Size: 777kb, uploaded 2/8/2013 6:23:48 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kentucky fiddler William H. Stepp so impressed Allan and Elizabeth Lomax in their 1937 Library and Congress recording, that Mr. Lomax recommended the tune to Aaron Copland who subsequently used it in his famous hoe-down piece in the ballet "Rodeo." The story is well-told by Stephen Wade in his new book The Beautiful Music All Around Us. Mr. Stepp played it an breakneck speed, different from the more charming versions abounding in other old-time recordings, but it was also impressive enough to use in the famous commercial: Beef--It's What's for Dinner.

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Boogerman (TOTW)

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Size: 1,304kb, uploaded 4/21/2017 9:53:39 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 4/21/17, this version comes from North Carolina fiddler (born in TN) Bill Hensley. The alternate title, Whip the Devil Around the Stump fits the music, especially when played at Mr. Hensley's incredible speed.

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Boston Boy/Jenny Lynn medley

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Size: 1,188kb, uploaded 3/5/2012 6:21:04 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

These two songs are mentioned in Bill Monroe's song "Uncle Penn." His uncle fiddled them at dances, so Monroe grew up hearing them and even accompanying him on guitar.

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Boyne Water

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Size: 989kb, uploaded 11/4/2013 5:44:41 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I wanted to learn a Franklin George tune after seeing and playing with him at the Berkeley Old-Time Music festival and happened to pick this tune after listening to it as I commuted. It turns out to be a tune he learned from a book and I believe that book to be Samuel Bayard's Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife, song #317. It's a song with a long history, some of it dramatically political. I listened to Cathy Fink's version, too, to come up with this one.

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Boys of Bluehill/Twin Sisters medley

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Size: 1,580kb, uploaded 5/3/2015 6:19:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/1/15, the second tune was learned recently in a lesson. It reminded me of a similar one we'd learned 40 years ago from Chief O'Neill's book of Irish music, so I happily brushed up on Boys of Bluehill. I think its influence has given more of a lilt to Twin Sisters.

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British Field March

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Size: 805kb, uploaded 12/20/2011 9:02:01 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It's said in the Library of Congress that Henry Reed learned this from Quince Dillon, the fifer, and that it was a tune used by the British to retreat from their defeat in the Battle of New Orleans. Alan Jabbour recorded Henry Reed.

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Brushy Fork of John's Creek (TOTW)

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Size: 1,675kb, uploaded 4/15/2016 6:40:20 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My adaptation of Adam Hurt's version resulted from an assignment he gave to explore the Old Cumberland Gap tuning of f#BEAD (though raised one step). Adam's original Brushy Fork of John's Creek was based on Art Stamper and the old-time Tune of the Week has a video of Art's father, Hiram Stamper, playing the tune. Adam played it on the Earth Tones CD on a bottle-neck gourd banjo in SRB tuning (fDGCD). That CD was my inspiration to seek him out as a teacher. Check out this week's TOTW: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/317352

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Brushy Run

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Size: 1,400kb, uploaded 1/18/2013 6:28:24 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned listening to Ed Haley's fiddling. It's challenging, like running through the brush. Yuck--stickers, ticks, tangles.

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