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Return to Dismal Swamp

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Gm  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Stu D Baker-Hawk, updated: 10/7/2012
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Notes: This song has morphed into many different versions throughout the years. John McEuen first composed it in the 1960s as 'Dismal Swamp'. It later got some new life breathed into it when he rearranged it in the late-1970s and recorded it as 'White Russia' on the self-titled album 'The Dirt Band'. Later still it resurfaced once more in what we know today as 'Return to Dismal Swamp'. In my tab I've incorporated all the known versions of this song into one arrangement. It's a great banjo tune from the mind of John McEuen and it's worthy of your interest.

2 comments

john McEuen Says:
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @10:30:15 PM
thank you! John

Steve harrold Says:
Thursday, April 20, 2023 @9:50:32 PM
Great tune !!! I watched several YouTube versions of John playing it (he never quite plays it the same way twice) , to give me some other options. It is different from the standard banjo fare, and gets me out of the rut when I play it. Steve Harrold

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