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Aug 3, 2020 - 1:09:46 PM
83 posts since 9/14/2019

I've been working on instrumentals but I also want to develop a repertoire that I can play and sing. Thinking of songs like Gospel Plow, Shady Grove, or Undone in Sorrow.

What are your favorite songs to play and sing?


Aug 3, 2020 - 2:45:28 PM
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868 posts since 3/10/2006

Hard Times by Stephen Foster. Easy to play.

Aug 3, 2020 - 2:59:11 PM
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23910 posts since 6/25/2005

“John Hardy” (the minor Seeger version—don’t remember the LC source they got it from).

Old-time in style but not origin: Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd,” a great ballad with great social commentary.

Aug 3, 2020 - 5:07:10 PM
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6524 posts since 6/27/2009

Green Pastures and anything by the Carter Family.

Aug 4, 2020 - 4:32:59 AM
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2149 posts since 12/16/2007

Way too many for me to list. A few are:
Casey and Bill (Earl McDonald's Louisville Jug Band)
Are You Gettin' There Rabbit (Big Eyed Rabbit - Samantha Bumgarner)
Now is the Cool of the Day (Jean Ritchie)
Singing Birds with Little Birdie (Burl Hammons and trad lyrics)
Sandy Boys (don't remember where I got all the words; some from Gerry Milnes' "Granny Will Your Dog Bite and other Mountain Rhymes")

Aug 4, 2020 - 1:58:01 PM
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8981 posts since 10/5/2006

Elkhorn Ridge (Oscar Wright)
Cuckoo Bird (traditional)

With Cuckoo Bird I like to sing both the American version and my local Somerset version which predates it's passage across the sea and was clearly the source for the American variations.

Aug 4, 2020 - 5:12:56 PM
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225 posts since 6/24/2019

Moonshiner is my favorite to sing. Always played it on guitar but now that I'm learning banjo I need to work it up.


I love that Jean Ritchie song you mentioned. Heard her sing it numerous times at the now defunct KY Music Weekend in Louisville.

You know how when you sit in an audience and between/during songs there is often a bit of chatter to be heard ? Not when Jean was on. She was dearly loved at that festival.

Edited by - Hugh Walter Jennings on 08/04/2020 17:13:45

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:26:46 AM



565 posts since 7/4/2017

These have all been fun to learn.

Little Maggie
Fall on my Knees
Lonesome Road Blues
Rockingham Cindy
Breaking Up Christmas
Let Me Fall

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