You all should consider adding Rayna Gellert recording of “Winder Slide” to your collection. In fact, the whole album is fabulous. It’s called Ways of the World.
Winder Slide medium banjo & fiddle
I learned this from Howard “Rusty” Marshall of Columbia, Missouri in 1998. When he recorded it a few years later, it sounded like a different tune. That’s the way aural tradition ebbs and flows.
Eighth of January, slow and too simple for Fiddle 2
Eighth of January, medium tempo
Eighth of January, full speed ahead
In week 4, we learned a G tune . . .
Brushy Fork, Jenny Sidle of Hanover, Ohio, 1986
Brushy Fork medium banjo & fiddle
In week 5, a D tune . . .
Washington’s March, Edden Hammonds of West Virginia, 1947
Washington’s March, slow
Washington’s March, medium
The tune is Fortune, normally a D tune, here transposed to A. The lyrics came from Mildred Plummer.
Won’t Get Drunk No More, Indian Creek Delta Boys
Here are the lyrics.
I learned the tune from Garry Harrison. He learned it from Benny Wood.
NB Right click the tune title and “save link” (the mp3 file) to your computer. Or click the arrow to listen.
A tune in C with many names and many versions.
Old Bob Donald Duff, Lizton, Indiana, 1979
Mr. Duff called the tune “Walter Harmon’s Hornpipe in C,” after the “older gentleman” he learned it from. I got the name “Old Bob” from Jimmie Campbell of Dolan, Indiana.
In Week 5 we did Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom, a tune shaped differently by each player.
Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom Ed Morrison of Kentucky, circa 1937
Blackberry Blossom Frank Hall & Lena Ullman, 2007
NOTE Frank Hall, a native Hoosier now living in Ireland, will be a featured guest at Fiddle Club of the World, on Sunday, September 30. Details forthcoming on the Fiddle Club blog
In Week 6, we did Snake River Reel, a tune made up in the 1970s by dance caller Peter Lippincott of St. Louis (now living in Arkansas).
Snake River Reel Steve Rosen & Paul Tyler
Magpie comes from Harlan and Lonnie Coble of Guildford County, North Carolina. The Fuzzy boys learned it from them sometime around 1970. I lived in Guildford County in 1971-72.
Magpie Fuzzy Mountain String Band
Magpie medium tempo on fiddle
Here’s Maria McCullough playing Spotted Pony
Paul Tyler with Steve Rosen
The following recording of Jonas Friddle is brought to you by the “Tunes for Kids Archive.” It’s the same tune.
Muddy Roads slow