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Air Charles St Hilaire

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 10/25/2015
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Notes: A Quebecois tune taught by Aime Gagnon per Claude Methe. Here is a beautiful recording of Laura Risk playing it as an air: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKttfdF40fE

Andre a Toto

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/14/2014 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Québécois tune from the Olympia Quebecois session repertoire. From the repertoire of Andres Savoie. We usually start it with the B part. We shorten the B part to 8 measures by skipping the 7th measure but I included it in the tab. In the mp3 file I recorded myself over our Olympia Q session - the mp3 starts midway through the A part and skips the 7th measure of the B part. The key signature for the A part is G and the B part is D. It is usually played very fast. Here is a youtube of Andres Brunet playing it very fast on the fiddle (this video starts on the B part): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IXtOpSCcBM

Bedeau de l'enfer (deacon from hell)

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 1/29/2017
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Notes: The «deacon from hell» is a french-canadian tune that is very modal going back and forth between major and minor, it is also very crooked. 'Legend has it that Thomas Pomerleau, (the composer of this tune), promised a priest that he would throw his violin into the stove in order to receive absolution. He actually threw his violin into the stove and, having received his absolution, immediately withdrew it ... he had taken the precaution not to light the stove'. I played it here on a Gold Tone cello banjo. Here is link to Pascal Gemme playing it on the fiddle: http://pascalgemme.com/tradquebec/page/2/

Burning of the Piper's Hut

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 11/2/2014
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Notes: According to thesession.org, this tune comes from the mid 1700s when England was actively stomping out the culture of the Scottish Highlands. Sheet music is available at http://thesession.org/tunes/ According to http://www.nigelgatherer.com/whistle/tut_8/8-4.html: "The English general Cumberland received the sobriquet 'Butcher' after the defeat of the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746, such was the savagery of his reprisals and cruelty toward prisoners of the engagement. In the aftermath of the rising a series of laws were passed which aimed to suppress the Highland culture and break forever the power of the ancient clans in order to prevent any such rebellion from again happening. Thus, highland dress and the wearing of clan tartan was prohibited on pain of death, arms were banned, and, attesting to the power of traditional music to evoke emotion, pipers were outlawed. In fact, reports Williamson, the kilt continued to be prohibited until 1782, forcing the Highlanders to wear trews. Any clergyman who did not pray in church expressly for George of Hanover could be transported for life, and those who attended such services were liable to fine and imprisonment. This was in force till 1792. The Burning of the Piper's Hut probably refers to these times."

Bus Stop Reel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 11/22/2015
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Notes: Tuning is sawmill capo 2 (aEADE).

Castonguay

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 7/15/2018
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Notes: A crooked Quebecois reel taught by Stephanie Lepine at Fiddle Tunes from the repertoire of Edouard Richard. Here is a link to a fiddle lesson by Andre Brunet for your fiddler friends to learn to play this tune: https://www.fiddlevideo.com/reel-a-castonguay-quebecois-fiddle-lesson-andre-brunet/

Catharsis

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 1/2/2017
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Notes: 'Catharsis' is composed by Amy Cann. The dots are in Portland Collection vol 1. The mp3 is me playing it on a Gold Tone cello banjo. This you tube video shows someone playing a different arrangement on tenor banjo: https://youtu.be/TpiyqHLEC9I

Clinch Mountain Backstep - RIP Ralph Stanley

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 6/25/2016
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Notes: Sawmill capo 2 (aEADE), clawhammer, Recording King RK-OT25, RIP Ralph Stanley

Coleman's March

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 2/1/2019 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: Tuning is double D (aDADE). Legend has it that Coleman played it on his guitar as he was sitting on his coffin while being carted away to the noose in the 1880s, having been wrongfully accused by his live-in sister-in-law of murdering his wife.

Devil in the strawsack

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 5/9/2015
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Notes: The recording is the pluckers section of the Olympia Volunteer String Band. The sheet music is in the Portland Collection vol. 1.

Elzic's Farewell

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/4/2016 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: Sawmill capo 2 - played on two banjos: Gold Tone cello banjo CEB-5 and Recording King RKOT-25

Evit Gabriel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 12/12/2015
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Notes: Quebecois tune by Daniel Thonon. The sheet music is in Portland Collection volume 1.

Farewell Trion

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/16/2016
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Notes: 'Farewell Trion' - James Bryan learned Farewell Trion from Mack Blaylock (1914 – 1987). They are from the same region near Lookout Mountain in Alabama. Mack learned it from his great-uncle, Joe Blaylock (born 1854) who had worked at the mill in Trion, Georgia but was laid off and walked back home to Alabama. The original tune had two parts. James added the third part in the 1980’s. Several musicians have since recorded it, a notable one being Chris Coole with Ivan Rosenburg on a CD in 2010 named “Farewell Trion.” (thanks to Janet Barton for history of this tune) Here's Janet Barton's tab and recording of the tune: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/297439

First hard rain

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Dm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/18/2018
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Notes: An Irish tune composed by Randal Bays. There are two mp3 files here: 1) solo cello banjo, and 2) duet of standard 5-string banjo with cello banjo. Banjo tab and sheet music are here to download

Flatbush Waltz

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 12/24/2015
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Notes: A Klezmer waltz named 'Flatbush Waltz' composed by Andy Statman. Inspired by Janet Burton's version at http://www.banjojudy.com/2015/12/flatbush-waltz-clawhammer-banjo-tab/ Sheet music is available at https://thesession.org/tunes/3809

Flying home to Shelley

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 3/21/2015 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Contra dance tune in the Portland Collection volume 2.

Gabriel Deus

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 10/1/2014
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Notes: Québécois tune from the Olympia Quebecois session repertoire. From the repertoire of Bertrand Deraspe. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote Evangeline in 1847 as a tragic but fictional account of two lovers, Evangeline and Gabriel, who were separated on their wedding day during the expulsion of the Acadians from Acadie (present-day Nova Scotia, Canada). In the poem, Evangeline spends much of her life wandering North America in search of her lost love. The real Acadian exiles were also heartbroken from being forced from their homes.

Gilbert Riley's

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 3/3/2019
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Notes: A jig composed by Randal Bays. Here is youtube of Randal Bays playing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iufzkrDaB4 Dots are at https://thesession.org/tunes/14392

Gray cat on a Tennessee farm

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 6/26/2015
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Notes: Talk to the man who can if you will prosper in the valley of the Tennessee hills. Oh, the big cat spit in the little kitten's eye Little cat, little cat don't you cry I do love liquor and we'll all take a dram, I'm going to tell you, pretty Polly Ann Cattle in the pasture, hogs in the pen, Sheep on the ranch and wheat in the bin. Wagon in the shed, porter in the yard, Meat in the smokehouse, big can of lard. Fruit in the cellar, cheese on the board, Big sack of coffee and sugar in the gourd. Horse in the stable, money in the pocket Baby in the cradle and a pretty girl to rock it.

Hollow poplar

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 10/10/2014
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Notes: Traditional contra dance tune - sheet music is in The Portland Collection. Tab by Ken Torke.

L'histoire de mon vieux coq

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 4/17/2015
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Notes: "The story of my old rooster" by Yvon Mimeault from his CD "Y'etait temps". This is a Quebecois tune that is played often in the Olympia session. According to the story, when Yvon was young he walked across the farmyard and was attacked by the old rooster. Yvon, with injured leg and pride, pulls out his sling-shot and faces the rooster. As the beast turns its head sideways to look him in the eye — roosters turn sideways for a face to face — Yvon takes a shot. The bird, hit in the head, falls to the ground. Yvon, after making sure nobody saw him, leans it against a fence where he can discretely keep an eye on it. After a while, the rooster, who was only knocked out, gets up and staggers back to the henhouse, to the relief of Yvon. The next morning, as usual, the old rooster hopped on a fence to wake up the whole farm, but he was now singing out of tune.

La Promeneuse

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 11/23/2016
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Notes: Tuning is open G with 5th string tuned down to f# (f#DGBD). This is a Quebecois tune composed by Rejean Lizotte. I played it here on two banjos - Goldtone cello banjo and Ramsey Woody.

La Valse des Jeunes Filles

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/20/2014
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Notes: Québécois waltz from the Olympia Quebecois session repertoire. I recorded myself over our Quebecois band 'Les Gens Des Chutes'.

Les filles de Peveril

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 1/2/2017
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Notes: Quebecois tune written by Jean Duval. Sheet music is available at https://thesession.org/tunes/2590. Here it is played by Catherine Planet (fiddle), Dejah Leger (guitar), and Greg Pelletier (banjo) at a Quebecois jam session at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend Washington in July 2016 https://youtu.be/Z85RDwcDjso

Les vagues du St Laurent

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 7/14/2018
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Notes: A Quebecois tune from the repertoire of Aime Gagnon. Taught at Fiddle Tunes by Stephanie Lepine. This tune is meant to evoke the feeling of the waves of the St Lawrence River.

Motel Henry

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 3/21/2015
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Notes: Tuning is open G capo 2 (aEAC#E). This is a Quebecois tune written by Jean-Claude Mirandette. Pascal Gemme has a nice slow fiddle tutorial for it at this link: http://pascalgemme.com/tradquebec/Louis-Cyr-motel-Henry/

Mouth of the Tobique

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 11/23/2015
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Notes: A Quebecois tune popular in the Olympia session. Inspired by Allison de Groot's accompaniment of Adrianna Ciccone on Adrianna's album 'The Back of Winter' (it's the first tune in a medley they call 'Two old times'). Sheet music is in the Portland Collection, volume 1.

Ninety nine march

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 3/30/2018
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Notes: Composed by Randal Bays.

On the wings of a skorie

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 12/11/2016
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Notes: "Michael Ferrie wrote this tune after watching the family’s new kitten playing in the garden. The kitten bravely decided to tackle a large skorie (Herring Gull) and jumped on it’s back. The skorie not much impressed, took flight with the kitten aboard. Luckily for the kitten it managed to escape but not until the bird had flown several hundred yards down the field." Notes from the album Da Farder Ben Da Welcomer" by Fiddler’s Bid. I played it here on two banjos - Goldtone cello banjo and Ramsey standard. Here's a beautiful version of this tune by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE6HqAQehTE

Ookpik Waltz

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 4/30/2017
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Notes: Ookpik is the Inuit word for 'Snowy Owl'. This arrangement is adapted from the arrangement by Mike Iverson.

Pachelbel Canyon

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 4/16/2017
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Notes: I wrote this melody for our contra dance band. It is based on the chord backup for a Scottish tune called 'Kohler's Hornpipe', which sounds a little like Pachelbel's Canon. Kohler's Hornpipe is sometimes called 'Pachelbel's Frolics'. The recording here is Greg Pelletier (banjo) and Jesse Partridge (guitar)

Planxty John Kelly

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 6/2/2019
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Notes: An Irish waltz named "Planxty John Kelly", composed by Turlough O'Carolan, born 1670, played on clawhammer banjo

Polka Canadienne

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 8/13/2018
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Notes: A crooked Quebecois polka written by J.O. LaMadeleine. This tune is track 2 on Stephanie Lepine's CD La Gande Ligne

Ramnee Ceilidh

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/17/2016
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Notes: Tuning is f#DGBD (open G with the 5th string tuned down a half-step to f#). Played on the cello banjo. Composed by Gordon Duncan. The sheet music is available on thesession.org. It's the second tune in this medley by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhBT0V5V5Fg

Reel d'Issoudun

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 2/17/2015
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Notes: Played on a cello banjo, a French-Canadian crooked reel, from the repertoire of Guy Bouchard. Tab by Tom Faux available at this link: http://www.banjohangout.org/tab/browse.asp?m=detail&v=19849&ie6fix=1

Reel des Deux Lisa

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 11/6/2016
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Notes: Tuning is open G with the 5th string tuned to f# (f#DGBD). This is a Quebecois tune composed by Louis Beaudoin for Lisa Ornstein and and Lisa Beaudoin. I played it here on two banjos: Goldtone cello banjo and Ramsey Woody. The dots are in Portland Collection vol. 3

Reel des nouveaux mariés

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 1/15/2017
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Notes: From the repertoire of Louis Beaudoin, collected by Lisa Ornstein. Sheet music is at http://www.mustrad.udenap.org/partitions/TQ491.jpg along with a recording by La Bottine Souriante. Tuning is open G. Sounds better with the fifth string tuned to f#. Andres Brunet playes the A part four times, La Bottine Sourinte play it three times. Here I play the A part four times. Here is Andres Brunet playing it on the fiddle: https://youtu.be/a9KOtSPnpos

Saut du lapin

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 10/1/2014
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Notes: Québécois tune from the Olympia Quebecois session repertoire. The title means 'jump of rabbit' and in a few places it is supposed to sound a bit bouncy like a rabbit jumping.

Shape of my heart

Genre: Popular  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: F#/Gbm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 7/15/2018
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Notes: A greatly simplified version of this song by Sting and Dominic Miller. I tuned the 5th string to f#. Here is the acoustic version by Sting and Dominic Miller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6VyvTaX8NE

Shloymele Malkele

Genre: Other  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 4/23/2017 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: This is a Klezmer waltz. Tuning is gDGBbD (Gm). Banjo in this recording is me, and the accordion is Jesse Partridge.

Skye Boat Song

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/23/2016
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Notes: Tuning is open G with the 5th string tuned down a half step to f# (f#DGBD). Gold Tone cello banjo and Ramsey Woody

Splendid Isolation

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/16/2016 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: Played here on a cello banjo. This tune was composed in the 1970s by Brendan McGlinchey in a pub in Dublin while drinking coffee waiting for a flight to London after a two week trip around Ireland with friends had gone very badly. Here is a video of McGlinchey playing it first as and air and next as a reel: http://youtu.be/d9xnvijV7Y4

Star of the County Down (waltz)

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Am  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 8/2/2015
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Notes: Played as a waltz. Tuning is aEACE (Gm capo 2). Tab by Mike Iverson is available at http://www.bluesageband.com/Tabs.html

Telephone tune

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 5/1/2015
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Notes: This is one of the favorite tunes of our Olympia Quebecois session. The tuning is open G capo 2 (aEAC#E). The sheet music is in the Portland Collection vol 2.

Tennessee waltz

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 6/26/2015
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Notes: I was dancing with my darling to the Tennessee Waltz When an old friend I happened to see I introduced her to my loved one And while they were dancing My friend stole my sweetheart from me I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz Now I know just how much I have lost Yes, I lost my little darling the night they were playing The beautiful Tennessee Waltz I was dancing with my darling to the Tennessee Waltz When an old friend I happened to see I introduced her to my loved one And while they were dancing My friend stole my sweetheart from me I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz Now I know just how much I have lost Yes, I lost my little darling the night they were playing The beautiful Tennessee Waltz

The Butterfly

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 3/11/2019
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Notes: An Irish slip jig arranged for clawhammer banjo

The hut on Staffin Island

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 9/18/2015
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Notes: Double D tuning (aDADE). This is the first tune in a medley by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas that they call 'The high reel set'. The name of the tune is 'The hut on Staffin Island'. The sheet music is in the Portland Collection volume 2.

The Old Bush

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 5/6/2017
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Notes: 'The Old Bush' is a Celtic reel popular with pipers. The recording here is me playing clawhammer banjo and Jesse Partridge on fiddle and guitar. The tune uses C-natural and C-sharp in the A and B parts. The key is D-mixolydian

The Volunteer

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 11/11/2014
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Notes: This tune is popular in the Olympia Irish sessions. The dots are in the Portland Collection Volume 2.

Tolovana

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 5/6/2018
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Notes: Composed by Nancy Hanna

Vals Till Båten Bettan

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 8/3/2019 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: A waltz composed by Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad. Here is Anna's lovely version on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGbVgXR6vlM

Waynesboro

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by heronhawk, updated: 12/24/2016 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: 'Waynesboro' is a West Virginia favorite that is attributed to the Hammons family. It is originally an Irish tune named 'Over the moor to Maggie'. The dots are in Portland Collection vol 1. I play it here on a Ramsey standard banjo.

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