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Sail Away Ladies (Luther Davis) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,460kb, uploaded 8/3/2018 9:32:59 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from the playing of Virginia fiddler Luther Davis for the Tune of the Week, 8/3/18, this is yet another melody with the title Sail Away Ladies. Luther played it at a relaxed pace and had learned it from a friend named Charlie Higgins, also one of his mentors. I'm playing on my Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie in the key of G.

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Saint Anne's Reel

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Size: 1,243kb, uploaded 7/17/2012 3:04:37 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This one's for Jim, whose playing is inimitable, but he's glad to have us join in!

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Saint Anne's Reel

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Size: 813kb, uploaded 8/13/2012 12:29:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

This one was tabbed out by Alan Munde. It's for Ian's Alan Munde post on Sound Off!

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Sal's Got Mud Between Her Toes (TOTW)

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Size: 1,747kb, uploaded 8/26/2017 12:34:11 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/25/17, this comes from the fiddling of Kentuckian Pat Kingerly, born in 1912. Funny, but somebody posted it on youtube as "Sow's Got Mud Between Her Toes." That title makes sense!

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Sally Ann

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Size: 867kb, uploaded 3/31/2012 12:35:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Here's Sally Ann. The first part is from J.P. Fraley. The second is Scruggs. Oh, how he blessed us. The third is simple chording. The other version, Wistful Sally Ann, comes from Pete Wernick.

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Sally Coming Through the Rye

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Size: 786kb, uploaded 8/26/2013 6:25:43 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, 8/23/13. This crooked tune is a pretty one, learned from a video of Carl Jones, based on the playing of fiddlers Harvey Sampson, Lester McCumber, and Ward Jarvis. It reminds me of another TOTW, Little Rose is Gone.

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Sally Johnson

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Size: 525kb, uploaded 9/24/2011 3:31:20 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Pat Cloud's book Key to 5 String Banjo. Also similar to Katy Hill. Very pentatonic (Pat Cloud's major focus in this instructional book).

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Salmon Tails Up the Water (TOTW)

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Size: 1,187kb, uploaded 8/20/2016 4:15:02 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/19/16, this is a dance tune from Northumbria in England. It's often played on a melodeon and uilleann pipes; here it's clawhammered.

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Salt Sack Behind the Door (TOTW)

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Size: 1,280kb, uploaded 10/21/2017 8:22:45 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An obscure tune for the old-time Tune of the Week, 10/20/17, this tune probably resembles well the style of Israel Welch, WV fiddler and multi-instrumentalist. The Welch Brothers (four of them and a cousin) had a popular dance band in the 1930's and all were skillful musicians. Brothers Tom and Israel Welch were still alive in the 1980's and could still play outstanding dance music.

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Salt Spring

Posted by JanetB, written by John Reischman

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Size: 1,879kb, uploaded 4/13/2019 9:22:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, Salt Spring is a modern composition by John Reischman, an excellent mandolinist I've been fortunate to hear, along with his talented Jaybirds band, many times.

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Salty River Reel (Cyril Stinnett) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,486kb, uploaded 2/4/2017 10:36:34 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Salty River Reel is inspirational for learning more about Missouri fiddling. This old-time Tune of the Week, 2/4/17, comes from Cyril Stinnett, Missouri fiddler (1912 - 1986), though he didn't appear to have written the tune. He was a precise player, very shy they say, and very successful at fiddling competitions. His style came from the north Missouri region, influenced by Canadian hornpipes, and one of his important sources was Casey Jones, who recorded this tune in 1951. Cyril's first name is pronounced "Serl" and the recording of this piece was in the 1960's at a fiddle contest. It's upbeat, so hope you enjoy!

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Sam Hill

Posted by JanetB, written by Ralph Whited

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Size: 900kb, uploaded 3/10/2012 1:54:58 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

James Bryan, the smoothest, greatest fiddler, learned this from Jim Cauthen and recorded it on his recent CD with Carl Jones, Cricket's Lullaby. Another crooked song.

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Sandy River (TOTW)

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Size: 1,029kb, uploaded 5/23/2020 4:17:52 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of West Virginian Oscar Wright for the TOTW, 5/22/20. As our presenter says, it's a hypnotic type of tune, but I finally found a nice embedded melody.

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Sandy River Belle

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Size: 915kb, uploaded 7/1/2011 9:03:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Burnett and Rutherford played it as a dance tune called Ladies on a Steamboat. My mother once said that great tunes have a minor chord. This one has E minor. Does anyone agree with her? Ever since she told me that, I've found that my favorite tunes do have a minor.

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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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