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Booth Shot Lincoln - fiddle tune

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Aug 25, 2019 - 4:50:46 PM
7 posts since 10/29/2007

Learning this tune - first on fiddle, then I'll try to work it out in clawhammer. Does anyone know it's history? It's jaunty and up-beat yet about a huge tragedy in American history. Did it come from a confederate source?

Aug 25, 2019 - 4:51:49 PM

7 posts since 10/29/2007

Sorry - the tune is "Booth Shot Lincoln". Just figuring out how to post here . . .

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:09:05 PM

7 posts since 10/29/2007

There is a thread archived from back in 2009. Good information! Should have searched first, I guess!

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:06:02 PM
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raybob

USA

13376 posts since 12/11/2003

When we play it slow we call it the ‘northern version’. When it’s quicker we call it the ‘southern version’. :-)

Aug 26, 2019 - 6:57:49 PM

7 posts since 10/29/2007

Still wondering where the tune came from - so complicated!

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:01:35 AM

carlb

USA

1999 posts since 12/16/2007

I, and many others, learned the tune from the Marcus Martin recording
https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/booth

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:08:53 AM

115 posts since 10/9/2017

Here’s a discussion on Mudcat. I would consider it a sad tune with the prominent Emin chord.

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:05:12 AM

7 posts since 10/29/2007

Thank you for the Marcus Martin Link! Wonderful version.

Aug 31, 2019 - 5:16:59 PM

dmiller

USA

23626 posts since 7/22/2007

I can't help you with the historicity or the reasons for the name - - but I first heard this tune from the Clifftop 2015 video Craig Evans (Frailin here on the Hangout) did, and that tune was what the entire video was "wrapped around".  It started out good and as the video progresses, you can see (and hear) the band getting tighter and tighter as they all become "one with the tune".  It's a goodun, and I've been following this thread to see if someone does know the answer about the title.  

Oh, in case you haven't seen it, the Clifftop 2015 video from Frailin is  - - - - - > > > RIGHT HERE.     Enjoy.  smiley
 

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