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Sep 24, 2021 - 4:49:28 PM
580 posts since 5/22/2021

Hi all,

Looking for some great hoedown tunes, and was wondering on any songs members here would suggest? I love great old folk tunes that a whole group of people can also sing on it.

Russ

Sep 24, 2021 - 8:38:11 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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Many, if not most,, dance tunes lack words.. If you’re looking for sing-alongs, I presume you’re not playing for dances…..So: Old Joe Clark; Turkey in the Straw; Cluck Old Hen; Fire on the Mountain; Cripple Creek; Sourwood Mountain; Susananna Gal/Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss; Ida Red/Down the Road. Those are some I can think of that have lyrics.

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 09/24/2021 20:39:09

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:05:16 AM

186 posts since 10/26/2018

If it's tunes you want, Cecil Snow's "Old Grey Eagle" is a good dance tune, as are most not crooked tunes.
Flop Eared Mule, Miss McLeod's Reel, Booth Shot Lincoln, Old Joe Clark (as already mentioned) Soldier's Joy, Sarah Armstrong's Reel, West Fork Gals, Kitchen Girl, Over the Waterfall..... If you're looking for sing-a-longs, I don't know a group of people, even OT musicians, who know the words to OT tune songs - maybe Old Red Rooster aka Coming Around the Mountain.

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:48:42 AM

580 posts since 5/22/2021

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Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Many, if not most,, dance tunes lack words.. If you’re looking for sing-alongs, I presume you’re not playing for dances…..So: Old Joe Clark; Turkey in the Straw; Cluck Old Hen; Fire on the Mountain; Cripple Creek; Sourwood Mountain; Susananna Gal/Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss; Ida Red/Down the Road. Those are some I can think of that have lyrics.


Bill,

Thanks for the recommendations! Yeah, I have learned the awesome Cripple creek, and old-joe clark, which about every banjo player knows by now. Some of those songs I have never heard before, but they seem really good to learn! 

Russ

Sep 25, 2021 - 5:54:52 AM

580 posts since 5/22/2021

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Originally posted by WVDreamin

If it's tunes you want, Cecil Snow's "Old Grey Eagle" is a good dance tune, as are most not crooked tunes.
Flop Eared Mule, Miss McLeod's Reel, Booth Shot Lincoln, Old Joe Clark (as already mentioned) Soldier's Joy, Sarah Armstrong's Reel, West Fork Gals, Kitchen Girl, Over the Waterfall..... If you're looking for sing-a-longs, I don't know a group of people, even OT musicians, who know the words to OT tune songs - maybe Old Red Rooster aka Coming Around the Mountain.


WVDreamin,

Thanks also for your recommendations! Old Grey Eagle seems like a good one! I do a lot of frailing most of the time, so I suppose most tunes can be worked out, if in 3-finger, to frailing. 

Flop eared mule is a favorite tune i always wanted to learn once I heard Pete Seeger playing it in this video: https://youtu.be/5tvo-78kG5I?t=204

Thanks again for all those suggestions! I always knew there were a lot of old folk tunes and hoedowns, but finding them have been a bit hard. 

Russ

Sep 25, 2021 - 6:33:02 AM

186 posts since 10/26/2018

I like Flop Eared Mule in G but around here most play it in D (as does Pete, it appears). I play regularly for dances and have a long list if you need more.

Buffalo Gals is a good one and it has lyrics.

Edited by - WVDreamin on 09/25/2021 06:34:44

Sep 25, 2021 - 7:00:27 AM

3819 posts since 4/29/2012

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Originally posted by WVDreamin

...a good dance tune, as are most not crooked tunes....


I disagree. Nothing more fun than throwing in the odd crooked tune (aka leg breakers) when playing for dancers, just to see what happens.

Sep 25, 2021 - 1:32:24 PM

186 posts since 10/26/2018

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quote:
Originally posted by WVDreamin

...a good dance tune, as are most not crooked tunes....


I disagree. Nothing more fun than throwing in the odd crooked tune (aka leg breakers) when playing for dancers, just to see what happens.


Depends on the dance/caller. I mostly play dances where the callers expect 32 bars as per contra rules, and one caller has a dance for three part tunes like Texas Gals. When the dance doesn't call for that rule, like the Broom Dance or a Virginia Reel, I'm happy to play something crooked, then I only have to worry about the guitar and bass player getting it right laugh

Edited by - WVDreamin on 09/25/2021 13:32:57

Sep 26, 2021 - 5:56:12 AM
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Helix

USA

14592 posts since 8/30/2006

Buffalo Gals is a good one and it has lyrics.

We write our own lyrics to see if anybody is listening.

I danced with a dolly with a wooden leg..........................................with her I like to linger

How did I know she had a wooden leg?   I got a splinter in my finger.

 

Don't make love by the garden gate.................................Love is blind but the neighbors ain't.

 

Get in there, these songs live even now, just need some young grasshopper like you to further the fun. Ye havin' fun at da hangoot?


 

Edited by - Helix on 09/26/2021 05:57:13

Sep 26, 2021 - 4:09:36 PM
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Originally posted by Helix

Buffalo Gals is a good one and it has lyrics.

We write our own lyrics to see if anybody is listening.

I danced with a dolly with a wooden leg..........................................with her I like to linger

How did I know she had a wooden leg?   I got a splinter in my finger.

 

Don't make love by the garden gate.................................Love is blind but the neighbors ain't.

 

Get in there, these songs live even now, just need some young grasshopper like you to further the fun. Ye havin' fun at da hangoot?


Hahah, I get your point! I also very much agree with your point about lyrics. I like to learn a lot of various lyrics, and sometimes mix them up for more "interesting" results. I really like the old courtin lyrics that are in a lot of hoedowns, like: I wish I had a nickle, I wish I had a dime, I wish I had a pretty little gal, I'd kiss her all the time (Old Joe Clark), or Cindy is a pretty gal, Cindy is a peach, threw her arms around my neck and held on like a leech (Cindy), etc...

I am learning a lot of great info at this hangout!

Russ

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