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Rat's Gone to Rest

Posted by JanetB


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Size: 516kb, uploaded 11/23/2013 3:29:38 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

This is the Tune of the Week for 11/23/13. It's based on the fiddling of Kentuckian George Hawkins who learned it in 1915 from Bill Trumbo, a black fiddler. Jeff Titon notated it in his book Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes. The title doesn't describe the beauty of the tune, which reminds me of Maggots in the Sheep Hide, another nice tune with a yucky name.

6 comments on “Rat's Gone to Rest”

Torben Pedersen Says:
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @6:27:24 AM

Hi Janet. Fine nice tune. I wondered about the title, and thought: There must be a story behind. - But never mind. A fine melody.

rgoad Says:
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @6:43:00 AM

Wonderful playing to make this 'accessible' to younger players. You are a wonderful teacher. By the way, this is an awesome fiddle tune!

JanetB Says:
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @7:09:56 AM

Thanks, gentlemen. You know, Torben, your comment got me thinking. It was learned from an African American perhaps written about someone who was quite the opposite of a gentle man...

Torben Pedersen Says:
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @8:56:01 AM

I think you are right.
Best to you

VancePants Says:
Sunday, November 24, 2013 @10:24:20 AM

Finally a subject matter I can relate to Janet! Yep... and I've been called worse... . Sweet lil' tune... rendered with clarity n' care.

rickhayes Says:
Monday, December 2, 2013 @6:39:49 AM

Nice job Janet. Clean and clear and steady, just the way it should be.

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