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Jun 6, 2023 - 9:46:47 AM
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54 posts since 12/28/2020

An Old-Time Money Musk from the Baltimore Old-Time jam, that I transcribed and featured on the Fiddle Studio Podcast recently. And we did the Money Musk I grew up with in Central New York, playing along with my father's band for folk revival contra dancing. Hear about this tune on the podcast:

Edited by - MeganBeller on 06/06/2023 09:53:43

Jun 6, 2023 - 10:15:51 AM
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71 posts since 3/26/2008


And a couple takes on the Missouri version (different tune to me):

And the Highwoods version:

Jun 6, 2023 - 11:38:06 AM
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11992 posts since 12/2/2007

Nice playing, Megan.
I think most "old time" versions of "Money Musk" are derived (usually indirectly) from the playing of Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, VA. Alan Jabbour recorded him playing it four times, as he recalled more parts. This is the fourth recording, with four parts, although his playing seems a little better on the earlier tries.
We tried to get together with Alan whenever we were in DC, and probably learned it from him. The recording by the Hollow Rock Stringband and our recording both probably helped popularize the tune.
"Money Musk" is also in "Ryan's Mammoth Collection," in a more traditional version.
Barry, I think that Highwoods recording was made in the summer of 1972 - 50 years ago. Whew!

Jun 6, 2023 - 11:38:52 AM

54 posts since 12/28/2020

Thank you, great info!

Jun 6, 2023 - 5:53:13 PM
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3647 posts since 9/13/2009

Growing up in the midwest; heard similar along lines of that NE version; though typically 4 parts.

It was one of those that had specific tune paired for specific dance (also called Money Musk); which we danced with 4 parts. If they want to dance Money Musk... then that's what you played. Though I think some versions are 5 part; and many of the NE contra versions is just 3 parts. 

Jun 7, 2023 - 6:21:26 AM
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2990 posts since 6/26/2007

We ad a discussion of this tune last night covering much of the same information. There are a lot of examples of Henry Reeds fiddling out on the web. He was a wonderful fiddler with a rich repertoire.

Jul 24, 2023 - 9:48:35 AM
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Jul 24, 2023 - 7:35:49 PM



923 posts since 1/16/2021

This is such a nice post. New England style rocks too, but I prefer oldtime :-D This pulling sound is a pleasure to the ear! How , when , how far am I away from this I wonder hehe.
Anyway thank you for posting, I discovered a very interesting page this way, I love the podcasts!

Jul 24, 2023 - 8:28:06 PM

1222 posts since 7/30/2021

This is such a treat!
Megan’s versions, Doug/Highwoods version, “source” version…so interesting to hear different ways played, all great stuff.

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