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Annie Laurie

Posted by JanetB, written by William Douglas


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Size: 1,544kb, uploaded 9/17/2012 6:20:26 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This old Scottish love song, based on William Douglas's poem in around 1700, was also the first performance attempt of Lotta Crabtree (1847 - 1923). Known now as the Shirley Temple of the 19th century, Lotta walked onto a school stage in San Francisco as a wee little girl under six years old. She burst into tears when trying to sing Annie Laurie and ran off stage. So, stage fright is certainly nothing new! She got over it and became a millionaire and successful Broadway performer, leaving her millions to charity in the 1920's.

7 comments on “Annie Laurie”

VancePants Says:
Monday, September 17, 2012 @11:13:32 AM

Yup Janet... this tune was just 'bout made fer yer sweet playin' style and lilting timing... splendid.

JanetB Says:
Monday, September 17, 2012 @5:15:58 PM

Thank you, sir. You're right, the lilting timing was my own, not Art Stamper's, whose version I'd learned this from.

Don Borchelt Says:
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @12:55:48 PM

Very graceful picking, thoughtful and delicate. Well played.

Kevin McCabe Says:
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 @4:36:01 PM

Wonderful Janet. You have such a great sense of music and bring that to all the songs you do.

What I also found interesting about this rendition is it had a lot of plectrum style qualities about it. The plectrum style grew out of the five string style as five string players started playing with a flat pick. Early arrangements featured the melody followed by the strumming of the chords.

The arrangement you have here is similar in that way, and made me think that this might have been how it sounded. The plectrum 5 string players started pushing the fifth string to the side of the bridge so that it wouldn't make a sound, and eventually they started making banjos without it. I like the sound you have with this and the fifth string still in the mix.


JanetB Says:
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 @12:26:14 PM

Thanks, Kevin. Interesting picking history. I don't use a plectrum, but it feels like one while doing single string picking with the thumb and index finger. Another interesting point is that I don't use the 5th string here except for one melody note.

Eddie Collins Says:
Monday, February 10, 2014 @7:39:56 PM

Cool stuff. You have really developed a personalized style. This one has a sense of the classic picking style, but still very much your own interpretation.

geobeck4808 Says:
Monday, July 14, 2014 @11:35:17 PM

Unique it!

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