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Jul 8, 2021 - 5:14:02 PM
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carlb

USA

2278 posts since 12/16/2007

Old Skedaddalink

 

The tune “Old Skedaddlalink” was recorded by Melvin Wine (solo fiddle) on his first album “Cold Frosty Morning” (Poplar Records, 1976).

https://roanerecords.bandcamp.com/track/old-skedaddalink

“Melvin learned the tune from his father and has known it since he was teenager. He says he heard Senator Byrd call the tune 'The Mountain Hornpipe' “(Donald Beisswenger, Ph.D. Thesis, “Fiddling Way Out Yonder: Community and Style in the Fiddle Music of Melvin Wine”,The University of Memphis, 1997).

 

Sarah Blake Singleton also played this tune (scan down to the tune).

https://www.slippery-hill.com/source/sarah-singleton

“Sarah 'Sarah Jane' Blake (who later became Sarah Singleton) played fiddle. Because she was born six years after Melvin, she did not influence Melvin during childhood, but they have associated with each other throughout their lives. Before her death in 1995, she and Melvin were the principal performing fiddlers with roots in the Burnsville area.” [Braxton County, WV]. (“Fiddling Way Out Yonder – The Life and Music of Melvin Wine”, Drew Beisswenger, University Press of Mississippi, 2002).

 

I (on banjo - gDGde) played the tune with Melvin Wine (fiddle) and Bob Carlin (guitar) at an acoustic concert, in 1982, at Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, WA. Recorded privately by a concert goer, digitized by me and obtained permission to distribute the recording of the concert from Centrum (not to be sold).

Listen to the attachment.

 

There are many versions one can hear of the “Mountain Hornpipe”. Here is one example from Clare Milliner and Walt Koken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQOUB_CS_k

 

Also, there is a fine flute version of “The Mountains of Kerry” played by Kyle Borley from the notation in O'Neill's “1001 Gems – The Dance Music of Ireland” #919 and also can be found in “O'Neill's Music of Ireland” (also known as 1850), #1745.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVu0oFWXXGY

 

There is a banjo tab in standard G tuning (gDGbd) by Maya Witmount

https://stringband.mossyroof.com/Old_Skedaddalink.png

 

A version is also in Bayard's “Hill Country Tunes”, #83, titled “Reel”. There are also versions in his “Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife”, #258.

 

For more details on the tune, recordings and transcriptions see Traditional Tune Archive:

https://tunearch.org/wiki/Annotation:Mountain_Hornpipe_%281%29_%28The%29

 

BHO people, please post your banjo version.


Edited by - carlb on 07/08/2021 17:16:05

Jul 8, 2021 - 8:13:55 PM

RG

USA

3103 posts since 8/7/2008

HOT DAWG!!! Great stuff Carl...

Jul 9, 2021 - 12:04:03 AM

m06

England

10338 posts since 10/5/2006

Great tune choice, Carl.

Jul 9, 2021 - 1:07:46 AM

m06

England

10338 posts since 10/5/2006

Any ideas where the curious first title comes from? We have a word 'skedaddling' which means to run away quickly:

dictionary.cambridge.org/dicti...edaddling

Is there a connection?

Jul 9, 2021 - 6:12:03 AM

carlb

USA

2278 posts since 12/16/2007

quote:
Originally posted by m06

Any ideas where the curious first title comes from? We have a word 'skedaddling' which means to run away quickly:

dictionary.cambridge.org/dicti...edaddling

Is there a connection?


I am familiar with the word "skedaddle" since I was kid, but I know of no connection of the word with the tune.

Jul 10, 2021 - 9:49:14 AM

Hay-on-Wye

Wales

253 posts since 6/29/2015

Great tune of the week. Kate Brett plays a great version of this on the album old time banjo festival album track 8

Can’t find a free link to it but it’s on apple and Amazon music


amazon.com/Old-Skeddadalink/dp/B00116D52M

Jul 10, 2021 - 12:50:51 PM
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6708 posts since 6/27/2009

If you ask me, Carl, you and Melvin and Bob were skedaddling on that 1980's recording as fast as anyone could go.  I tried it in several tunings and play it here in open G.  Your tuning of gDGDE works well, too.  I had to look up that one on Anita Kermode's list of tunings as I feel unfamiliar with it. You can read what I found in #104 in an alphabetical list:  gDGDE tuning.


Jul 10, 2021 - 2:56:26 PM
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carlb

USA

2278 posts since 12/16/2007

quote:
Originally posted by JanetB

You can read what I found in #104 in an alphabetical list:  gDGDE tuning.


Minor blunder in the link. I edited and corrected the link.
gDGDE tuning

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