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John Shorts Tune

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I know nothing about this tune but the Midwestern crowd play it.

3 comments on “John Shorts Tune”

bubbaschnell Says:
Thursday, December 14, 2017 @10:04:56 PM

Nice job and nice playing, Norm. I've heard Geoff Seitz, Chirps and others from the Midwest crowd play it, too. In the liner notes of the Ill-Mo Boys' Laugh and Grow Fat CD, Jim Nelson says, "A fine old polka from fiddler Erwin Thompson, who lived in Godfrey, Illinois."

Midwest_Fiddler Says:
Saturday, December 16, 2017 @2:30:55 PM

John Short's is indeed from Erwin Thompson, collected by the Allen Street String Band fellers.
I may have actually tracked down the original John Short. There were 4 generations of Shorts in southern IL.:
Thomas Jefferson Short, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co (my ancestral homeland) (1807-1870).
He passed his fiddle to John Wesley Short, Mt. Vernon and later Huey, Clinton Co, (1839-1927). This could be the John Short in question maybe.
He in turn passed the fiddle to Oscar Levi Short, Huey (1872-1954).
Oscar passed it on to Clyde Short of Huey, (1914-1979).
Huey is a small town on Highway 50 at the southern end of Lake Carlyle in IL.
Chirps Smith

frfiddle Says:
Saturday, December 16, 2017 @4:05:57 PM


Thanks for the information. I spent a few years living in Chicago quite a few years ago and was
exposed by you and others and so to Illinois and Midwestern fiddle music. It seems like now that I am
retired and have the time I am learning Illinois tunes exclusively, not by intention, it just has worked
out that way. Thanks for your playing as well.


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