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Aug 24, 2019 - 3:01:33 PM
1377 posts since 12/11/2008

Can anybody guide me to an either a vid or mp3 of the tune Cheat Mountain? It's on a list of tunes I put together and I guess I learned it at one time but it's not in my own files and I can't find it on the web. Thanks.

Edited by - Lonesome Fiddler on 08/24/2019 15:05:09

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:19:25 PM
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131 posts since 1/3/2019

This is a tune from my locale... Here is an mp3 of West Virginia panhandle fiddler Israel Welch playing it... There is also a related tune called Cheat River  with a different high part (same low part). Israel also played a tune called Forks of Cheat which was  sometimes also called Sweet Ellen in the region.


Edited by - ShawnCraver on 08/24/2019 22:21:03

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:01:08 AM
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carlb

USA

2152 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by ShawnCraver

There is also a related tune called Cheat River  with a different high part (same low part).


I learned Cheat River from the notation in Samuel Bayard's "Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife". There is a recording on the Bayard tapes which can be purchased from Penn State.

Aug 25, 2019 - 6:52:21 AM

DougD

USA

9203 posts since 12/2/2007

The Samuel Bayard recordings are now available for listening on YouTube. They're arranged by performer, though, so you'd have to know who played the tune.

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:39:15 AM
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Kid

USA

5 posts since 6/25/2009

Here's another source that may help:

slippery-hill.com/recording/cheat-mountain

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:20:31 AM
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carlb

USA

2152 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

The Samuel Bayard recordings are now available for listening on YouTube. They're arranged by performer, though, so you'd have to know who played the tune.


I looked through all the fiddlers listed in the YouTube collection but did not find
Berkey, V, 1957  JB
the fiddler who was listed in Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife and whose recording was in those purchased from Penn State.

I did find reel #18 under "Audio Recordings" with Berkey mentioned as one of the players at:
https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/94.htm#aspace_SC_PSUA_94_be1982924a92881e4b0ab28b58a70039

Submitted request by checking off Audio Recording #18
Registered as a "guest"
Awaiting request processing (2:10 PM)
Doesn't look like I can access this material online.
From PSU email - "You may proceed to place advance requests for materials to view in our reading room through our online catalog and finding aids. You may also place requests for photoduplication orders through your research account if you know already what materials you would like to have reproduced."

Cancelled my request.

Edited by - carlb on 08/25/2019 11:31:40

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:44:32 AM
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carlb

USA

2152 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

The Samuel Bayard recordings are now available for listening on YouTube. They're arranged by performer, though, so you'd have to know who played the tune.


PS Doug, You listed "Berkey" in the Bayard group some years ago
https://www.fiddlehangout.com/group/samuelbayard/blog/881

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:18:10 PM

1377 posts since 12/11/2008

Thanks guys!

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:11:06 PM

131 posts since 1/3/2019

I noticed some of the Bayard recordings aren't on youtube. Many are there, just not all. When I got the disc of Bayard recordings some were nonsense (lack of a better word) where the tape was twisted or something. I found that in my sound editor, I could reverse the recording and bring it back to the right direction! Sadly, that work was lost with a stolen laptop. And after several moves in the past 2 years, I lost the disc.

It was interesting to find that that Bayard didn't transcribe all of the tunes he recorded. I remember the disc having tunes that never made the books. In particular there was a neat little Sally Ann on there that didn't make the books. There are no recordings for some of the tunes he transcribed in the books because he didn't have a sound recorder early on.

Edited by - ShawnCraver on 08/27/2019 22:11:49

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