Category: Tunes

Lily of the Valley (from Luther Davis)

I’m thinking of including this tune in the Slower Than Dirt core repertoire. It’s a lovely tune which sounds good slow, and it has a predictable structure without being boring. I think I first heard it on the podcast Get

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Moonlight (from Bruce Greene)

I called this tune at the Dusty Strings jam today, and while I brought a couple copies of my transcription, there was at least one person who didn’t get a copy and wanted one. So, here it is. I learned

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Indian Nation

Tonight’s tune at the last session of the Fall 2013 string band class was “Indian Nation”, from Ernie Carpenter by way of Jimmy Triplett. (Download) Here’s Ernie Carpenter playing it, apparently in GDAD tuning: (Download)  

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Down In Little Egypt

Tonight’s string band tune was a C tune: “Down In Little Egypt”, from Noah Beavers (1898–1990) of  Elkville, Illinois. The tune was collected from him by the Indian Creek Delta Boys in the 1970s, without a title at the time.

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Rabbit in the Pea Patch / Rickett’s Hornpipe

Tonight’s tune from the string band class was introduced as “Rabbit in the Pea Patch, [a] version of Rickett’s Hornpipe from Melvin Wine”. At some point I have to wonder about how the folk process works with tune names. Is

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Molly Put the Kettle On

Tonight’s tune at the string band class was “Molly Put The Kettle On”, from John Sharp by way of Paul Brown. Here are the Canotes and Candy Goldman playing it for the class, with Greg’s fiddle in cross-A (AEAE): (Download)

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Shady Grove

Tonight’s tune from the string band class was “Shady Grove”, from Luther Davis of  Virginia: (download) Here’s Luther playing the tune: (download)  

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Stonewall Jackson

Tonight’s tune from the Canote brothers’ string band class was “Stonewall Jackson”, collected by Garry Harrison from Harvey “Pappy” Taylor of Effingham, Illinois. Here are the Canotes and Candy Goldman playing it: (download) There’s a recording of the Indian Creek

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Old Mose

Tonight’s tune from the Canote brothers’ stringband class was “Old Mose”, collected by Garry Harrison from Howard Sims, of Modesto, Illinois. He had it in C, but Dan Gellert sets it in G, which is the key we learned it

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Gentleman From Virginia

I’ve started going to the Canote brothers’ stringband workshop, and will post recordings from those as a backup to the mossyroof archive. Tonight we learned a tune by North Carolina fiddler Tommy Hunter called “Gentleman From Virginia”: (download) Here’s the Foghorn Stringband

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