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Dream Song

Posted by JanetB, written by Sarah Armstrong

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Size: 1,651kb, uploaded 10/24/2017 4:44:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Sarah Armstrong came from a large family in southwestern Pennsylvania and learned fiddling at the age of 5. Her favorite mentor was her Uncle Laney and her Dream Song came to her in a dream about him. She woke up and learned it. Samuel Bayard listened and transcribed many of her tunes in 1943 and 1944. You can see these transcriptions in an 80-page book called Hill Country Tunes. I'll post the pdf file in the discussion thread with another one of her tunes.

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Dry and Dusty

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Size: 1,040kb, uploaded 10/28/2012 8:14:09 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I really liked how Don Courchie fiddled this with Don Borchelt's banjo at their Clifftop jams, so I've learned it listening to their playing. Don's fiddle certainly had embellishments to challenge me.

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Dry and Dusty--gourd banjo

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Size: 1,267kb, uploaded 10/30/2012 6:11:19 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Classical

After posting a fast version of Dry and Dusty, here's a slowed up one on the little gourd banjo. The title insinuates struggles, perhaps relating to the Dust Bowl era, since the Morrison brothers most credited with this tune came from Arkansas.

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Ducks on the Pond

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Size: 1,436kb, uploaded 7/24/2015 11:59:20 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This nice modal tune is usually attributed to West Virginian fiddler Henry Reed, but I learned it from the fiddling of West Virginian Dwight Diller. It was a BHO old-time Tune of the Week in 2010 with lots of information in this TOTW link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/187542.

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Dull Chisel (TOTW)

Posted by JanetB, written by Garry Harrison

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Size: 1,388kb, uploaded 8/14/2015 12:00:06 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8/14/15, this one was actually written by the great collector of the Dear Old Illinois compilation (soon to be released again), Garry Harrison. The fine part expresses a bit of the over-exertion needed if your chisel needs sharpening.

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Dunbar

Posted by JanetB, written by Ed Haley

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Size: 2,198kb, uploaded 2/23/2017 2:12:45 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

All of Ed Haley's fiddle pieces are a good challenge. Dunbar is a little town in West Virginia though Haley had moved to nearby Kentucky.

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Durang's Hornpipe (TOTW)--3 different versions

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Size: 1,137kb, uploaded 8/7/2014 8:00:17 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8-8-14, the first version is from Bruce Molsky, the second from Kentucky fiddler Jake Phelps (1885 - 1977), and the third from Donald Zepp.

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Durang's Hornpipe (TOTW)--3-part version

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Size: 1,455kb, uploaded 8/7/2014 7:58:07 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 8-8-14. I learned this from Adam Hurt who learned it from Jarred Nutter, who learned it from Bobby Taylor, who learned it from Clark Kessinger. Adam calls this the "folk process in action." It's the only 3-part Durang's Hornpipe I've heard and Adam plays it with lots more intricate variations.

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Eagle's Nest

Posted by JanetB, written by Kit & Janet Burton

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Size: 732kb, uploaded 2/18/2012 2:42:08 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Kit and I wrote this over the phone years ago. It sounds like a hornpipe. He wrote the A part and I wrote the B part. He always wondered how my part ended in a chord other than the tonic, but then the song goes back to his A part and ends right on the tonic note. Maybe my part was a bridge, not a B part. This goes to show how tabbing (or recording) something as you create it is wise. I tabbed it, but never really learned it until today, played on my Gold Tone Cripple Creek mini openback.

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Eagle's Nest with the KIDD

Posted by JanetB, written by Plinky & Plunky

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Size: 2,850kb, uploaded 3/18/2012 12:41:25 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the song Kit and I wrote over the phone. John "the KIDD" Kuhn added guitar. What a nice difference!

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Early Times (TOTW w/CB)

Posted by JanetB, written by Ben Winship

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Size: 2,024kb, uploaded 10/16/2018 2:36:21 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Lew Hendrix' banjo duet inspired me to try Early Times with a cello banjo accompaniment on this current Tune of the Week for 10/12/18. (Previously I accidentally posted the original Ben Winship mandolin learning recording, sorry.)

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Ebenezer

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Size: 659kb, uploaded 5/5/2012 8:01:10 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This lively song comes from the fiddling of Frank George of West Virginia and is in the popular clawhammer tab book of the 70's by Miles Krassen. I learned it for the Tune of the Week.

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Ebenezer--TOTW

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Size: 1,261kb, uploaded 11/7/2020 10:50:56 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Ebenezer as a title goes by three melodies. This Tune of the Week is a new one for me. Ivan Weddle of Floyd, Virginia played it in the 80's. He had roots in nearby Willis, where Mac Traynham lives and builds banjo. In his honor, I'm playing my Mac Traynham banjo I call MacWillis. Using a capo shortens the neck for me and makes my sorish shoulder happier. I've considered selling this precious banjo to the right person....

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Eighth of January

Posted by JanetB

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Size: 540kb, uploaded 2/26/2012 3:30:20 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Though important historically as the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, the song is important to me as a useful lesson in learning melodic style. I used Tony Trischka's Melodic Banjo book.

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El Paso

Posted by JanetB, written by Marty Robbins

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Size: 739kb, uploaded 8/1/2011 8:57:21 AM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Its lyrics were changed for a gold rush era play: Down in the gold camp of old Rough and Ready I fell in love with a gal with blue eyes. Nighttime would find me in Susan's great kitchen Drinking fine coffee and munching on pies. Etc.

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El Paso Waltz

Posted by JanetB, written by David Richardson

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Size: 668kb, uploaded 7/29/2011 5:31:35 PM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

We listened over and over again to this Texas song along Virginia's Crooked Road.

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Elk River Blues

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Size: 1,771kb, uploaded 7/10/2015 11:44:19 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

For the old-time Tune of the Week, 7/10/15. The sad story of this tune fits the somber, slower pace presented by greenbrooms (Kevin) in the TOTW discussion. I'm reminded of a version of Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, as played by Todd Phillips and friends, which I've sandwiched in-between Elk River Blues. Both have a melancholy theme. If you haven't looked and listened to the TOTW, here's a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/306217

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Emmett Lundy's Cotillion

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Size: 925kb, uploaded 2/13/2014 6:42:09 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Virginia fiddler Emmett Lundy (born 1864) recorded this in 1941 for the Library of Congress. He mistakenly called it Richmond Cotillion, another tune. I've arranged three of his tunes as encouraged by my Skype lessons with Adam Hurt. This tune appears to be played more straightforward than the others I've done, which stand out more in the unique style of Mr. Lundy. In this cotillion I can picture the costumed folk dancers.

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Evening Prayer Blues (CH openback)

Posted by JanetB, written by DeFord Bailey

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Size: 670kb, uploaded 7/31/2012 1:33:22 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A comparison recording with the fretless gourd banjo. The slides from the gourd transfer easily to the fretted neck of the openback.

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Evening Prayer Blues (gourd)

Posted by JanetB, written by DeFord Bailey

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Size: 645kb, uploaded 7/31/2012 12:59:45 PM
Genre: Other / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

A fun and challenging project--something I've left unfinished for a long time. The gourd banjo is showing me how to use more slides. I'm also recording it on an open back, both clawhammered.

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