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Carrolltown Breakdown (TOTW)

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Size: 1,695kb, uploaded 9/5/2020 2:21:14 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW - 9/4/2020 - Carrolltown Breakdown

Samuel Bayard, the famous tune collector from Pennsylvania, had several versions recorded of Carrolltown Breakdown, popular during his day. He claimed it's related to Buffalo Gals, so I tacked that one at the end for comparison. The first comes from one of the sources, Wilbur V. Neal, who was an elderly man when recorded in the 1950's. The second comes from the modern arrangement by Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers, based on the source fiddled recording of Harry "Tink" Queer, in his 50's in the 1950's, and the last is a snippet of the traditional Buffalo Gals.

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Catlettsburg

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Size: 858kb, uploaded 6/13/2012 1:26:01 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Ed Haley (1885 - 1951), a blind fiddler from WV who settled in Catlettsburg, KY, raised a family with his blind wife. Both were professional musicians.

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Catlettsburg (CH)

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Size: 1,332kb, uploaded 9/2/2013 2:51:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the clawhammered arrangement of the tune I first learned 3-finger picking style.

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Cattle in the Cane

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Size: 998kb, uploaded 8/19/2014 6:13:15 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW, Yearlings in the Canebrake/Cattle in the Cane, 9/11/20

I like the way the modes change in this tune--from minor in the A part to mixolydian in the B part. It was also interesting to play the minor sound out of open G tuning--I had to avoid hitting the second string unless it was fretted.

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Charlotte's Garden

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Size: 1,040kb, uploaded 5/23/2013 6:31:33 AM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My beautiful daughter has a green thumb. This tune is dedicated to her. It's in double C tuning with the 5th string tuned down to an F. I found the pretty notes at the beginning by accident and didn't want to forget them.

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Chased Old Satan

Posted by JanetB, written by Ephraim Woodie

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Size: 2,238kb, uploaded 7/22/2016 7:17:23 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/22/16, this is a song originally recorded for Okeh Records in 1931 by the Woodie Brothers. It has since become part of the old-time repertoire. I found it's a catchy melody with fun words. Learning it has caused me to look into ash cakes and starry crowns. I haven't tried making ash cakes yet, though....

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Chattanooga

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Size: 765kb, uploaded 7/7/2011 9:29:10 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A great square dance tune.

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Cherokee Shuffle

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Size: 1,364kb, uploaded 1/12/2013 3:52:34 PM
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Played on the slow side in A for TOTW January 11, 2013.

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Cherry River Line (TOTW)

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Size: 1,843kb, uploaded 1/24/2015 8:37:33 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 1/23/15. This is Sara Grey's arrangement. She inspired both Mary Z Cox and BHO member Neill Connor to learn it. Neill placed in a recent Love Songs banjo contest with Cherry River Line. Mary will be including it on her upcoming CD. I'm grateful to hear it now on TOTW and enjoy playing it and hearing the words in my head. I'll leave the singing to them!

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Chicken Reel

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Size: 849kb, uploaded 5/4/2013 9:56:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the Tune of the Week, May 3, 2013. Played Rough and Ready style on my new Mac Traynham Whyte Laydie.

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Chickens Crowing at Midnight (TOTW)

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Size: 1,149kb, uploaded 2/17/2017 2:23:39 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 2/17/17, this comes from the playing of NC fiddler Marvin Gaster. It's kind of a simple melody, so it was fun to try various slides, hammer-ons, or chords for variation.

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Chief O'Neill's Favorite

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Size: 1,101kb, uploaded 10/2/2014 6:02:19 AM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from folklorist, song collector, and skillful melodic banjo clawhammer picker Andy Cahan. I heard of him through his collections in Virginia with Alice Gerard, especially of Roscoe Parrish. This tune is one that Francis O'Neill published in his eminent book of Irish Music published in the first decade of the 1900's. It was named his favorite by the man, Edward Cronin of Tiperary, who played it for him in Chicago when O'Neill was chief of police and collected Irish tunes as a hobby. It's also the first hornpipe notated in that book with 1,850 selections. Perhaps it really is his favorite.

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Chinquapin Hunting

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Size: 1,759kb, uploaded 8/20/2011 6:33:42 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Inspired by David Grier and friends. Chinquapins are like chestnuts. One thing I do enjoy is gathering pine nuts.

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Chinquapin Hunting (TOTW)

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Size: 1,005kb, uploaded 6/9/2017 7:45:48 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 6/9/17, Chinquapin Hunting is named for the wild chestnut that grows in parts of the country. My arrangement is based on Bruce Molsky's lively playing.

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Chips and Sauce (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Ira Bernstein

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Size: 1,364kb, uploaded 10/28/2016 6:18:17 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10-28-16, New Yorker Ira Bernstein wrote this tune in the 80's. He is known most famously as a dancer, specializing in Appalachian flatfoot, clogging, and tap. I was quite surprised this week when I learned he wrote a fiddle tune, which is also his favorite instrument to dance to. The A part begins with a minor and the B part modulates, so it's not a common fiddle tune. It's catchy and was actually played in my neck of the woods when Earl White played at a bluegrass festival in Grass Valley, California. However, I admit I'd have learned the tune if it wasn't for this week's TOTW.

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Christmas Eve (TOTW)

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Size: 1,603kb, uploaded 12/21/2019 7:54:41 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kentucky fiddler Jim Bowles heard the tune from an old colored fiddler who played it for dances and it's said that the tune may pre-date Civil War days. It has an unusual pattern of AABBBBB. The B part has variations, however, with three different parts as I heard it played. I'm playing this on a short scale Doc's Banjo tuned to a double C tuning. I get a happy Christmas Eve feeling from it and look forward to that day soon this year.

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Christmas Memory

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Size: 898kb, uploaded 12/22/2013 1:44:02 PM
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Inspired after a wonderful Christmas party for the less fortunate kids at my school and by the anticipation of my own family's time together this season. Dedicated to my husband, Kit, who understands it all.

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Christmas Morning

Posted by JanetB, written by Bob Wine

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Size: 1,232kb, uploaded 12/19/2012 5:51:22 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Melvin Wine's father traditionally played this for the kids. Along with the simple gifts of candy and fruit, with biscuits for breakfast, the tune became a part of Melvin's cherished memories.

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Christmas song--Angels We Have Heard On High

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Size: 783kb, uploaded 11/29/2011 6:00:25 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A song that celebrates the season.

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Christmas song--Jingle Bells

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Size: 1,412kb, uploaded 12/15/2012 4:08:12 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW--12/14/12

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