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Jun 30, 2021 - 8:36:16 PM
6 posts since 10/8/2019

Hello Everyone, I am looking for a clear audio or video recording of Dirk Powell playing fiddle on Jenny on the Railroad. I love his OT fiddling - especially in his version of JOTRR, and would like to hear what's lost in the band noise here:

Jenny on the Railroad - played at Sore Fingers 2013
youtube.com/watch?v=hS5URWCN90w

Doesn't seem to be on any of his CDs. Please let me know. Thanks!

Jul 1, 2021 - 4:48:58 AM
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carlb

USA

2372 posts since 2/2/2008

Jul 1, 2021 - 5:06:37 AM

DougD

USA

10334 posts since 12/2/2007

And seemingly related to this one from Henry Reed
slippery-hill.com/content/route

Jul 1, 2021 - 6:49:39 AM

115 posts since 1/21/2017

This is my favorite version...youtube.com/watch?v=aMVTp-mQEb0
Dirk produced this album for the Wilders and this is him and Betse Ellis on fiddles. Betse is one of the best fiddlers out there, in my opinion, and has been a huge influence on me, though I'll never get anywhere near her playing.

Jul 1, 2021 - 1:47:12 PM

6 posts since 10/8/2019

Thanks CarlB, DougD, and Coryobert. This tune is one of my all-time favorites and I've been working at it for several years. I hope to have it in under my fingers in another 10 years or so.

I wonder if the Carter Bros and Son version is the earliest recording? It's the first one I heard and I couldn't get it out of my head for days:
youtube.com/watch?v=cci8lPDFjjA (130 bpm). Clare Milliner did a great job transcribing it, squirrely as it is. She has it in the key of A, written with 3 sharps, though the G is natural, so its really in A mixolydian, and would more clearly (at least for me) have been written with 2 sharps. The instruments in the recording itself are tuned little more than a 1/2 step below A 440. So did the 'Bros' actually play it with G fingering, tuned up a bit, where the C part fingering is easier, or did they play it with A fingering, just tuned down?

The Wilders recording also has it in G. So do some of the other versions, such as: Mike Seeger's has a version in G played at a nice, slower temp (115 bpm) base on the Carter Bros version but with a simplified C part: youtube.com/watch?v=shIhPnBHSzA
youtube.com/watch?v=8NvK-DWrSRE

I also love the Judy Hyman's speedy version (135 bpm): youtube.com/watch?v=kp-ONNWDCK4

Jeb Puryear's even speedier youtube jam version is jaw-dropping: Great comment by someone in the youtube comments section "I usually like it a little faster"
youtube.com/watch?v=hl3m6NcBar8 (144 bpm)

The Wilders (125 bpm) with Dirk and Betse Ellis: youtube.com/watch?v=aMVTp-mQEb0 Play it in G also.

The reason I (hugely influenced by the playing of Melvin Wine) am switching my playing to something like Dirk Powell's is his bowing. Check out the youtube played in A. He plays almost the entire thing with a huge 'Melvinville Shuffle'. Sawing it, like the Carter Bros did in the 'original', is unbelievably great too, but I like this one better. How could anyone not dance to it! Check out the youtube!

What key/mode do you play it in?

Jul 2, 2021 - 9:35:42 AM
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carlb

USA

2372 posts since 2/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by fddl77189

What key/mode do you play it in?


A in GDAE as influenced from the playing of the Carter Brothers and Son.

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