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The Cat Came Back

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Size: 2,358kb, uploaded 4/8/2013 4:45:56 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The Cat Came Back is the Tune of the Week for April 5th, 2013. This one doesn't sound like the TOTW, though I've now learned that this folksong from my childhood does have older roots. The closest one I've heard seems to be Fiddlin' John Carson's recording in the 20's. My first graders here sing it for the first time.

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The Devil Eat the Groundhog

Posted by JanetB, written by Doc Chapman

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Size: 1,184kb, uploaded 7/19/2013 6:44:17 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, July 19, 2013. Owen Snake Chapman learned this from his father. The title refers to an angry hunter after his dog ate the prepared meat.

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The Eagle's Whistle/Bonaparte's Retreat march medley

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Size: 811kb, uploaded 9/22/2014 6:23:05 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Researching more about the current old-time TOTW, 9/19/14, I looked for the Irish march tune linked to Bonaparte's Retreat through the research of Samuel Bayard. In a Fiddle Hangout link I found the notation by Patrick Weston Joyce in his 1909 book Old Irish Folk Music and Songs. The first part I'm playing comes from Joyce. The second part is my own interpretation of how Bonaparte's Retreat may have evolved from such a march. The Eagle's Whistle was said to be the marching song of the O'Donovan clan of Ireland.

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The Fairy Queen

Posted by JanetB, written by Turlough O'Carolan

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Size: 1,448kb, uploaded 4/11/2015 9:55:25 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This tune of O'Carolan's has a classical, ethereal sound. I dedicate it to Laurence Diehl, friend of O'Carolan's music and inspiring to all us little folk.

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The Fiddler or a Dram (TOTW)

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Size: 1,304kb, uploaded 9/29/2017 11:50:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the playing of Virginian fiddler C.B. Wohlford in 1938, this old-time Tune of the Week was recently recorded by Bruce Molsky, a favorite fiddler and banjo player of mine. My arrangement is based on the older source recording.

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The Hog Went Through the Fence, Yoke and All

Posted by JanetB, written by Luther Strong

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Size: 456kb, uploaded 6/20/2012 11:46:54 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This Tune of the Week is a bit hard in deciding what to do with that one note, so I choked it. Imagine losing a hog in the wild and trying to get him back to the pen. I guess a couple of good hound dogs could do the job.

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The Last of Callahan (TOTW 5/1/14)

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Size: 961kb, uploaded 5/3/2014 5:38:18 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From R.D. Lunceford's tab in Banjo Newsletter, Nov. '99;. I played it faster than this and than remembered that R.D. said it was pretty and melancholy, but not sad. Slowing it down seemed like the right thing.

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The Night That Paddy Murphy Died (TOTW)

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Size: 801kb, uploaded 3/14/2015 4:55:24 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This week's Tune of the Week was in honor of St. Patrick's Day. It's actually a drinking song about a man who was disliked and the town celebrates upon his death. You've got to hear the lyrics to appreciate it, so tune in to: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/300790

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The Old Blue Bonnet

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Size: 831kb, uploaded 7/29/2014 5:28:54 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

From the fiddling of Bruce Greene who learned it from Uncle George Nicholson (born in Laurel Co., KY in 1854). This tune reminds me of another I've heard before. For some reason the tune gives me a deep sense of deja vu when Bruce plays it. It's on his solo fiddle CD Five Miles of Ellum Wood.

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The Riddle Song (2-finger, TOTW)

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Size: 921kb, uploaded 10/29/2017 9:50:57 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

One more try for the old-time Tune of the Week, 10/27/17. This time it's in the 2-finger style -- a very simple, play-the-words version.

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The Riddle Song (TOTW)

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Size: 1,172kb, uploaded 10/27/2017 11:25:54 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This traditional song is one dear to my heart, the old-time Tune of the Week for 10/27/17, also called I Gave My Love a Cherry. Since the poster, Cyndy, did such a beautiful job in open G tuning I thought to look for another tuning to try and found bDGAD. It's listed as "A Tony Trischka D/G tuning" in the Anita Kermode list of tunings I like referring to. Funny, but my 5th string didn't like being tuned down that low. It get tuning itself back up! I think it gives the song an old-time mountain feeling, which is good, since it was an old English song brought to Appalachia by settlers.

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The Rights of Man (CH)

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Size: 1,663kb, uploaded 3/16/2016 6:02:30 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An emotionally charge title with a melody to match.

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The Route

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Size: 1,113kb, uploaded 8/24/2016 4:18:51 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old tune was in the well-known fiddle tune book Knauff's Virginia Reels, published in 1839. I've heard good "source recordings" from Burl Hammons and Henry Reed. My arrangement is from listening to Alan Jabbour with Tommy Thompson on banjo on The Hollow Rock String Band CD, recently re-released as a 2-CD set called The Hollow Rock Legacy. The Route is one of those tunes that has a familiar feeling, even the first time you hear it.

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The Rusty Gun

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Size: 815kb, uploaded 10/12/2013 4:32:01 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from the banjo playing of John Herrmann accompanying Art Stamper's fiddle. For the Tune of the Week, Oct. 11 2013.

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The Scale (or Dance with Me, Kenny)

Posted by JanetB, written by Kenny Baker

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Size: 2,581kb, uploaded 6/20/2017 6:09:11 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

It's always a challenge to arrange a Kenny Baker tune for clawhammer banjo, but his music is so good that it's fun to try. The cello banjo chimes in a bit, too.

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The Snouts and Ears of America--TOTW 4/25/14

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Size: 826kb, uploaded 4/27/2014 1:48:38 PM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

For the Tune of the Week, 4/25/14, this tune is one of Samuel Bayard's Hill Country Tune collection, available on line. It feels like a hornpipe to me. Check out this week's old-time TOTW. Learned from the fiddle and harmonica recording of Pennsylvanians Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers who have specialized in making recordings from Samuel Bayard's extensive work.

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The South Wind

Posted by JanetB, written by Donall MacConmara

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Size: 993kb, uploaded 1/23/2012 6:15:28 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

An Irish waltz included in the early 1800's harp collections of Edward Bunting, who also collected many of O'Carolan's pieces.

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The Train Carrying Jimmie Rodgers Home

Posted by JanetB, written by Greg Brown

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Size: 838kb, uploaded 7/22/2011 10:22:52 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Jimmie Rodgers had an effect on lots of people back then. We can still appreciate him now.

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The Wild Geese

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Size: 2,686kb, uploaded 5/31/2017 8:42:26 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This traditional air honors the Irish soldiers who left Ireland to fight for France. The last time they left marked the 1691 Treaty of Limerick , a momentous time in Ireland's history which ended the Williamite war and the reign of King James, who left, too, after the Battle of the Boyne (which has a namesake tune as well). When the Chieftains recorded The Wild Geese they were picturing women singing on shore while the soldiers sailed off forevermore to fight elsewhere. At the end of my recording listen for the geese flying off...

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Three Forks of Sandy

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Size: 1,316kb, uploaded 4/5/2014 5:01:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Listening to Ed Haley, it's hard to clearly hear his fiddling. This was Tune of the Week for 3/28/14 and has 3 parts instead of 2 in the other examples of historic recordings for this tune. After looking at a map we found there are actually three forks of the Big Sandy River, so it makes sense to have three parts. I wonder if Ed Haley performed on that river and wish the John Hartford book about his life would be published, even if unfinished.

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