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Cornstalk Fiddle and a Shoestring Bow

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Size: 750kb, uploaded 10/18/2014 6:02:27 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 10/17/14, as played by Clyde Davenport. Learning this tune has got me looking at an old Christmas present I got one year called Homemade Instruments by Dallas Cline. Wouldn't that be a fun one to make!

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Cousin Sally Brown

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Size: 1,795kb, uploaded 11/1/2015 7:08:35 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A tune learned from the playing of North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin (1881 - 1974). I hear a sad and serious melody.

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Cowboy Waltz

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Size: 1,122kb, uploaded 6/8/2012 8:04:35 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

At a music camp dance several years ago, Kit and I heard Heidi Claire fiddling this as the traditional last song of a dance. We just had to learn it and found a notated source by Elena Corey when she was active in the California Bluegrass Association. Here's our banjo/mandolin duet.

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Cowboy Waltz (CH) (TOTW)

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Size: 1,591kb, uploaded 1/20/2017 2:12:32 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 1/20/17, this is a favorite Texas waltz my husband, Kit, and I have enjoyed. Don Borchelt does a great job covering its history if you check it out, and has lots of examples, including two superb videos of his own.

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Cricket on the Hearth

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Size: 1,376kb, uploaded 11/27/2012 7:07:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW Marmaduke's Hornpipe/Cricket on the Hearth, this one is based on Kenny Baker's fiddling.

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Cripple Creek (CH)

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Size: 1,414kb, uploaded 7/15/2013 8:37:57 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Two versions alternate. The first one comes from Tommy Jarrell's Round Peak style, as taught to me by Adam Hurt. The second is my clawhammered rendition of the classic Scrugg's style first lesson taught in 3-finger style. The bluesy notes of Tommy Jarrell's compares with the major tones of the Scrugg's style, though both have slides.

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Cripple Creek (TOTW)

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Size: 1,124kb, uploaded 8/11/2018 2:02:14 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Marion Thede was an Oklahoma native who notated fiddle tunes throughout the states in the late 1920's and The Fiddle Book is still sought after by old-time music fans. For the Tune of the Week, 8/10/18, a three-part Cripple Creek as performed by J.S. Prise, originally from Mississippi who had moved to Oklahoma, is hereby introduced. It's fun to play as you hear the traditional song embedded in this unique version.

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Crossing the Cumberlands

Posted by JanetB, written by Bill Monroe and Lamar Grier

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Size: 928kb, uploaded 9/1/2011 5:34:03 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

There's a mysterious sound to this tune, as if crossing those mountains wasn't an easy or safe thing to do. I enjoyed figuring it out with the melodic style, and then chordally.

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Cuckoo's Nest

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Size: 930kb, uploaded 2/11/2012 3:16:57 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Played on a Gold Tone Cripple Creek mini-banjo, key of G.

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Cuffy (CB)--TOTW

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Size: 792kb, uploaded 11/8/2014 9:29:07 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 11/7/14, I'm learning that Cuffy is the name of several historic figures in the era of slavery. I'm impressed there's even a Guyana silver dollar coin with Cuffy's image. The timing of the tune feels unusual, but the only crooked part would be a half measure between the A and B parts. It's the melody itself that has an interesting path. Check out this week's TOTW: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/294064

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Cumberland Gap

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Size: 1,340kb, uploaded 10/5/2012 8:36:20 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the TOTW, the first time I've used Cumberland Gap tuning, and after listening to many, many, many versions offered here, this is a combination of what I heard.

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Cumberland Gap--gourd

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Size: 944kb, uploaded 10/18/2012 6:09:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A slow-fast arrangement on gourd. I was trying to get more gourd sustain in the recording.

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Dandy Jim (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Clyde Davenport

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Size: 925kb, uploaded 5/31/2014 5:09:56 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 5/30/14, from Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, recorded by Jeff Titon and in his book "Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes." The timing in the A part feels like it has African-American influence--something I'd like to know more about. For tabbing the tune I used two measures of 4/4 timing followed by a measure of 2/2 timing.

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Dark as a Dungeon

Posted by JanetB, written by Merle Travis

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Size: 773kb, uploaded 7/26/2011 8:32:51 AM
Genre: Popular / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This song reminds me of my dad who grew up in the coal mining town of Ashville, PA.

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Dark Eyes Reel (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Albert S. Bowman

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Size: 1,016kb, uploaded 8/16/2014 5:33:51 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/15/14, learned from BHO member ajisai's fiddling. She learned it from an old violin instruction book of the early 1900's. Without a historic recording to go by, this reminds me of the manner in which Turlough O'Carolan's tunes were learned and carried on. Someone notated them and published them and we're all better off for knowing his beautiful music.

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Darling Corey/Liquor Seller

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Size: 1,213kb, uploaded 6/23/2014 11:06:13 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Liquor Seller came from James Bryan's fiddling, but I discovered that Roscoe Parish of Virginia recorded it on both banjo and fiddle and assume he's the source. I chose Darling Corey because of its similar theme and the fact that I was looking for a tune with the mixolydian mode to go with Liquor Seller.

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Davy Come On Back and Act Like You Oughta (TOTW)

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Size: 1,400kb, uploaded 8/4/2017 1:41:33 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/4/17, West Virginia fiddler Delbert Hughes (1905 -1982) recorded this one. It sounds like Davy is responding in the B part with his grievances, which he finds reasonable enough. I think this story ends where he comes back home....

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Dead Man's Peace

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Size: 884kb, uploaded 1/21/2013 12:28:49 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by Dwight Diller who learned it from Lee Hammons.

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Dead Man's Piece--cello banjo

Posted by JanetB, written by Lee Hammons

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Size: 851kb, uploaded 1/27/2013 1:46:26 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

As played by Dwight Diller who recorded Lee Hammons' banjo piece in the 70's. I'm trying to get a good tone on cello banjo recording.

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Dear Someone

Posted by JanetB, written by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

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Size: 1,119kb, uploaded 11/6/2011 2:19:42 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is one beautiful song when performed by Gillian and David. Kit and I were inspired when we saw them on the Chieftains Nashville Session and wanted to do this duet. Kit's mandolin on melody was so nice I chose to stay with harmony and hope it supports him.

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