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May 29, 2020 - 1:31:19 PM

6477 posts since 6/27/2009

From the prolific repertory of hoodoo David comes a tune many of us know under a different title, though variations indeed exist.  Listen to some of the pros' take on this tune with several examples provided from what David calls the University of Google.  I'll be exploring all three tunes which are associated with TOTW, 5/29/20, The Hog Eyed Man.

Jun 5, 2020 - 1:11:50 PM
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I hope everyone who posts a TOTW gets as much enrichment and pleasure as I do.  This week's presentation allowed me to contact two musicians I admire greatly -- Stephen Wade and Art Rosenbaum, both icons in the old-time music world.  It introduces us to a banjo player from Georgia whose music should be remembered, Chesley Chancey (1913- 1980).  Tune in for the enriching enjoyment of TOTW, 6/5/20, Mulberry Gap.

Jun 13, 2020 - 9:28:11 PM

6477 posts since 6/27/2009

Kentucky fiddle tunes are often a listening treat.  The very title of this week's tune tickles your imagination and the quaint and sweet melody entices you to try it yourself.  See for yourself how charming is the TOTW, 6/12/20, Old Aunt Jenny With Her Nightcap On, posted by yours truly as a substitute presenter this week.

Edited by - JanetB on 06/13/2020 21:31:56

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:59:45 AM

6477 posts since 6/27/2009

Neill Connor, Hay-on-Wye of Wales has blessed us with a beautiful tune from the playing on a CD we should all have, called Old Time Banjo Festival.  Rick Good learned the tune from a recording of Omer Forster given him by Carl Fleischhauer, who played it in a picking style.  Neill shows us how to play using clawhammer and links some great performances, including his own.  Listen and enjoy the new TOTW, 6/19/20, Flowery Girls.

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:29:34 PM

6477 posts since 6/27/2009

In volunteering for a TOTW sometimes you hit the jackpot in tune choices, history, and discoveries, as did Carolyn Faubel.  She not only found the tune via one of our absolute favorite fiddlers, James Bryan, but she dug down and discovered his source, and then conversed with that fiddler's grandson to get some real life stories.  Here's an entertaining and informative TOTW, 6/26/20, Messenger.

Jul 3, 2020 - 3:16:34 PM

6477 posts since 6/27/2009

The prolific tune explorer and talented player Pat Lyons introduces us to a fiddle player born in 1921, with no death records I can yet find, who he says was a staple around the Pacific Northwest for years.  Carthy Sisco was originally from Arkansas and had a keen liking for Kenny Baker tunes.  Carthy made his own corn stalk fiddles as a boy and eventually developed his own energetic style of playing, especially for dances.  This week you may explore one of his Kenny Baker tunes here at: TOTW, 7/3/20, Freda.

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:54:41 PM

6477 posts since 6/27/2009

Mark T  is covering a great tune from the recordings of Kentucky fiddler Luther Strong.  This is a good opportunity to learn more about  this source fiddler whose playing was influential in spite of how relatively little information there is about him.  We just need to dig down a little deeper this week and can do so thanks to Stephen Wade's chapter in his excellent book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us.  I love the title and the tune for this week's TOTW, 7/10/20, Glory in the Meeting House.

Edited by - JanetB on 07/10/2020 17:54:58

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