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?
Sorry - the tune is "Booth Shot Lincoln". Just figuring out how to post here . . .
There is a thread archived from back in 2009. Good information! Should have searched first, I guess!
When we play it slow we call it the ‘northern version’. When it’s quicker we call it the ‘southern version’. :-)
Still wondering where the tune came from - so complicated!
I, and many others, learned the tune from the Marcus Martin recording
Thank you for the Marcus Martin Link! Wonderful version.
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.
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