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Black Cat in the Briar Patch

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Size: 1,718kb, uploaded 2/3/2008 1:02:23 AM
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A tune in G and C from Melvin Wine of Copen, West Virginia

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Blue Mule

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Size: 2,237kb, uploaded 3/3/2016 1:54:01 PM
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From Chirps Smith notation of Bob Holt's playing

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Bummer's Reel - Jehile Kirkhuff

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Jehile Kirkhuff from Ed Berbaum's old Jehile web site.

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Calhoun Swing

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I orginally learned this tune on banjo from Melvin Wine before I started playing fiddle.

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Coleman's March

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Size: 2,262kb, uploaded 6/28/2011 11:26:22 AM
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A quickly done version in DDAD.

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Cross-tuned Favorites

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Inspired by the topic: http://www.fiddlehangout.com/topic/43494, An audio list: Yew Piney Mountain from Lester McCumbers, mostly, Sandy Boys (Edden Hammons), Old Christmas Morning (French Carpenter), Elzick's Farewell (combination of French Carpenter and Doc White), Ways of the World (Wm. H. Stepp), Liza Jane (Carter Brothers & Son), Mike in the Wilderness (John Salyer), Spring's All Muddy and the Pond's All Dry (Burl Hammons), Walk Chalk Chicken (Melvin Wine), John Henry (Fred Cockerham, fiddle; Kyle Creed, banjo), Last of Callahan (Luther Strong)

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I've Alway Been a Rambler or The Girl I Left Behind

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Size: 3,391kb, uploaded 1/14/2018 7:26:08 AM
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I learned the song many years ago from the recording: Grayson and Whitter. Recordings of Grayson and Whitter, County 513, LP (196?), trk# 6 [1928/07/31] (Girl I Left Behind - I) which also goes under the title Maggie Walker Blues. This setting is the most satisfying of all the many ways I've done this song over the years.

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Jake Leg Wobble

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From the Ray Brothers of Mississippi (in G). This is a joke from Barbara Johnson and myself. If you get it let me know.

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Maysville

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Maysville is one JP Fraley's great tunes. Hear my banjo version on BHO.

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Oh Death & Glory in the Meetinghouse

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While this is not the last time I will try recording this song and tune, it's what I did a few years ago. I like the idea of singing acappella at different times in the song though those times are not set in stone. O Death is adapted from Dock Boggs banjo version and Glory in the Meeting House is from Luther Strong. The fiddle is tuned EDAE (a tuning which I think works much better than standard for those who have adapted fiddle versions of Hobart Smith's banjo tune "Last Chance").

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Old Christmas Morning

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Fiddle AEAE (probably closer to A flat in my recording; just say "tuned in octaves") - Derived from the playing of French Carpenter of Clay County, West Virginia.

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Pat Him on the Back - 3 fiddles

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An old time Snake Chapman tune played in standard tuning on my 3 fiddles. Which fiddle do you think sounds best?

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Peachbottom CreeK

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There are so many fiddle tunes that banjo players learn. Well, here's the reverse. Peachbottom Creek is the great Wade Ward banjo tune (f#DF#AD) that I adapted to fiddle (GDAE). My friend Bob Graff and I played this in the fiddle-banjo duet contest at the Henry Reed Festival in 2010. Thanks to Terry Reed who archived this (June 29, 2010) at the WNRV-AM (990) radio web site .

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Pigeon on the Gate

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A D tune from Doc White of Ivydale, West Virginia.

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Polly Put the Kettle On - Sneed & Martin derived

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Polly Put the Kettle On – This 5- part version is derived from the fiddling of Manco Sneed (1885-1974) (Field Recorders’ Collective, FRC 505, Track 11 and other recordings of Sneed; http://www.fieldrecorder.com/docs/notes/sneed_brewer.htm, http://www.fieldrecorder.com/docs/notes/sneed_owen.htm) and Marcus Martin (1881-1974) (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southern Folklife Collection and North Carolina Folklife, SFC CD-100; http://www.allusmartins.com/, http://www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/m_martin.htm). Manco Sneed’s version comes from his father while Marcus Martin comes from James Dedrick Harris. Both Sneed and Martin learned quite a few tunes from Harris and were from western North Carolina.

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Smart Squirrel

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I made up this tune three years ago, but wasn't satisfied that it was unique enough. Then I forgot about it and stumbled across it the other day and decided to get some outside opinions, yours, if you'd be so kind. In G, fiddle - GDAE, banjo - gDGDE.

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St. Patrick's Day

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In topics:
St. Patrick's Day

On double D whistles

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Stack 'em Up in Piles

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My whistle interpretation of this Melvin Wine tune is very Scottish sounding. Are there any Scottish players out there who know of any Scottish origins for this tune? One time through me on the whistle then one time through Melvin on the fiddle. Title could be the following or a rearrangement or maybe "The War Song": Stack 'em Up in Piles or Stacked Them Up in Piles

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Stack 'em Up in Piles - carlb version

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As I explained in the whistle version, I had pictured the tune more as a death march or lament. As far as finding a Scottish source, that's gone for naught after three series of attempts. Now I've moved back to playing the tune on the fiddle (in AEAE; actually flattened a bit, as I think my fiddle sounds better when tuned slightly lower, about half-way between A and Ab). In moving it back to the fiddle, it could now be included in the topic on fiddle tunes that sound like bagpipes. I love the exquisite dissonance in the 2nd part. My apologies to Melvin Wine, as I still have removed a beat and made the tune regular and easy to march to.

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Valley Forge in A

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As learned from Ramona Jones with fiddle in AEAE who lived much of her life in Arkansas. She learned the tune from Jimmy Driftwood who learned it from fiddler Absie Morrison. Info from: "Ozarks Fiddle Music" By Drew Beisswenger, Gordon McCann which contains a transcription in the key of A

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