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Sullivan's Hollow

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Size: 3,306kb, uploaded 3/26/2011 2:24:29 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is a tune played around the SF Bay Area for some time. One of the early sources is Freeny's Barn Dance Band, and here's a YouTube link to their version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MooStDmRDFU&feature=related What's interesting is that while I've always heard and played this in D, I've heard that it's "really" a C tune - and in listening to the Freeny's version is sure sounds like it! I've tried this on the fiddle in C and it definitely works nicely but sounds quite different. There's some sheet music available here: http://www.me.psu.edu/lamancusa/tunes.htm

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The Cuckoo - as played by Light and Hitch

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Size: 3,317kb, uploaded 3/11/2013 12:35:23 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

The audio version of a video I just posted. Here's the Description from that: From the Light & Hitch CD, available here: http://www.countysales.com/products.p... I believe this was a *harmony* to the classic Cuckoo '(she's a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies...'), but my only evidence for this was an earlier YouTube video of a rockin' oldtime band (Give Me an Amen Brother) playing this while singing the classic words and melody. But otherwise, I have no information. Maybe someone here knows? The banjo is tuned to 'modal' A (G capoed up). The first part is mostly major, so try to avoid the notes that would give it a minor sound. Note this is easy when playing the D and G chords, since the second string is already in tune.

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The Jolly Blacksmith

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Size: 2,624kb, uploaded 2/25/2011 12:48:59 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

There is a related and similar tune also from West Virginia called The Route. However this version I got from the Hamblen Collection, a collection of scores for tunes from the West Virginia / Kentucky region. The full title on the page is "Jolly Blacksmith (she wouldn't come at all)". Now I'm not sure who 'she' is but it makes for an interesting story. I shift to a more major key in the second part, and for a while I was getting it confused with Hannah at the Springhouse. While they ARE similar I'm pretty sure I'm playing it at least in the spirit of the tune Jolly Blacksmith as written. If I AM playing Hannah at the Springhouse then oops I'll do it over another time.

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