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Paddy on the Turnpike

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Size: 1,339kb, uploaded 6/12/2014 5:54:47 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Learned from Yigal Zan's video with David Margolin's fiddling, Yigal attributes this version to Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. I've wanted to learn this ever since hearing Bill Monroe's instrumental. The title makes me think of Irish immigrants working on the railroad, but I don't know if that's the case.

3 comments on “Paddy on the Turnpike”

Yigal Zan Says:
Friday, June 13, 2014 @9:38:13 AM

David, not Frank. Just on the basis of casual hearing, Monroe's version sounds to me very close to Arthur Smith's. Thanks for posting, the gentleness and tone of your playing makes me more confident of the beauty of the tune. (BTW, Miles Krassen is learning Bob Walter's version; we have played it together in a prototype fashion, already, last Wednesday.)

JanetB Says:
Friday, June 13, 2014 @10:37:59 AM

Apologies to David. I've been reading about this tune in Samuel Bayard's book. It has a lot of history and other titles. I haven't been able to find the original Arthur Smith recording yet, Yigal. Do you know where I can access it?

Yigal Zan Says:
Friday, June 13, 2014 @11:19:52 AM

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