Category: Tunes

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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Red Prairie Dawn

I came back from Fiddle Tunes a little obsessed with fiddle tunes from the Midwest, which hadn’t really been on my radar until now. I was especially taken with some tunes written by Garry Harrison, who died tragically young last

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The Blackest Crow

Also known as “As Time Draws Near” or “My Dearest Dear”. Fragments of and variations on the lyrics appear all over the place from the British isles to Alabama, set to different music, and probably this music has had many

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Little Billy Wilson

Also known as “Billy Wilson”, “Old Bill Wilson”, and “Ace of Spades”. Standard notation is available at http://www.tunearch.org/wiki/Billy_Wilson as part of the magnificent Traditional Tune Archive. This banjo tab is based more or less on Cathy Fink’s playing in Slow

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Shove That Pig’s Foot A Little Farther In The Fire

I transcribed this version from a YouTube video (below) of The Transatlantic Sessions. The tune is led by Bruce Molsky, so I’m assuming this is his arrangement. Download: Compressed MusicXML More info on the tune can be foundd at the

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