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Swing Nine Yards of Calico

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Size: 1,061kb, uploaded 11/4/2022 5:04:44 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

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TOTW (11/4/22): Swing Nine Yards Of Calico

Another tune from the great Kentucky fiddler J.P. Fraley. I worked this up and uploaded it for the Old Time Tune of the Week for November 4, 2022. I am picking my 1922 Vega Whyte Laydie with a short scale semi fretless conversion neck, in an A variant tuning (aEABE).

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The Possum's Tail is Bare from Clifftop 2012

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Size: 4,562kb, uploaded 8/6/2012 6:18:16 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This great old Melvin Wine tune has some fine nonsense in the chorus, "The old coon’s tail has rings all around, but the possum’s tail is bare." My friend Tim Rowell joined Don Couchie and I for some tunes near the end of Clifftop 2012, and this is one we played. Don is playing fiddle, Tim is clawhammering, and I am picking three finger style.

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Waiting for Nancy with Ed Britt

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Size: 3,740kb, uploaded 9/26/2008 5:34:00 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old time tune was composed by California clawhammer picker Curt Bouterse. I learned it from Ed, who is playing his Ome. capoed up 2 in double C tuning. I am using my new Ode, in open D.

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Ways of the World

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Size: 2,243kb, uploaded 7/2/2010 6:56:41 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is my contribution to the TOTW for 6/26/10, just a week late. I am playing my 64 Ode, without fingerpicks. This is the Bill Stepp tune in A mixolydian, not the Luther Strong tune in D of the same name. The banjo is tuned gDGAD, capoed on the second fret. I just learned this a few weeks ago from Stephen Bland, a fine fiddle and banjo player from Rochester, New York, at the Black Creek Fiddler's Reunion. I recorded it on my Tascam DR-1.

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Ways of the World from Clifftop 2012

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Size: 1,840kb, uploaded 2/27/2015 11:46:35 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Recorded with my friend Don Couchie on fiddle. Uploaded for the Tune of the Week, February 27, 2015. I am picking my semi-fretless Tubaphone, in open D tuning (aDF#AD).

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West Fork Girls from Lake Genero 2011

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Size: 1,869kb, uploaded 9/7/2011 10:04:17 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is another tune I recorded with fiddler Matt McConeghy, from Providence, Rhode Island, at the Fiddlin' Bear Old-Time Musicians' Gathering at Lake Genero Park, in Hamlin, Pennsylvania over Labor Day weekend. This is a West Virginia fiddle tune that comes from Wilson Douglas, among others. The banjo is tuned to open D.

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Whiskey Before Breakfast from 1975

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Size: 1,180kb, uploaded 11/10/2013 5:15:35 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I first learned this tune in 1970, from a Voyager LP recording of fiddler Dick Barrett, playing at the Weiser Idaho fiddle contest. It was one of the first tunes I worked out in melodic style. This tape was made in 1975, with my friend Steve Harris on guitar. I am playing in standard C tuning. This is uploaded for the TOTW for 11/9/2013.

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Wildwood Flower with Wry Whiskey

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Size: 1,748kb, uploaded 8/30/2009 6:48:17 AM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Another old Wry Whiskey recording, with Brian Clancey on guitar and Tom Speth on bass. This would have been recorded around 1997 or 1998. The banjo is tuned in double C (gCGCD), a tuning that I used a lot more back then than I do now. I gotta do something about that.

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Willott's Hornpipe

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Size: 2,090kb, uploaded 1/25/2020 12:52:36 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

I just worked this out so I could upload it for the Old Time Tune of the Week for January 20, 2020. A little shaky, and not up to speed yet, but this one is going to take me awhile to get down.

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Wind That Shakes the Barley with Wry Whiskey

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Size: 1,208kb, uploaded 9/26/2009 4:43:40 PM
Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

My contribution to the BHO "tune of the week" for 9/26/09. This was recorded in 1998 by Wry Whiskey, a trio I was in then with Brian Clancey on guitar and Tom Speth on bass. The banjo is my semi-fretless Paramount, tuned to open D (aDF#AD).

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You Are My Flower with Wry Whiskey

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Size: 2,452kb, uploaded 7/9/2010 4:29:05 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

This is another living room recording from around 1998, with the trio we called Wry Whiskey. I ran across this recording of the old Carter Family/Flatt & Scruggs standard when I was looking for something else. The guitar player is Brian Clancey, and the bass player is Tom Speth. It takes a brave boy to play You Are My Flower on banjo. Okay, I don't exactly sing like Lester, neither.

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