Old Time Banjo
Big Footed Man in a Sandy Lot
Big Footed Man is a popular tune among the fiddlers I learned from back in Alabama. In this video, I demonstrate playing a fiddle tune using melodic clawhammer.
Booth Shot Lincoln
This is another fiddle tune I learned from the fiddlers back in Alabama. Given the subject matter, it may date to soon after the Civil War. It is usually fiddled in A, but I am frailing it in C because it works so well in the Double-C tuning. This is another demonstration of using melodic clawhammer to play a fiddle tune.
The Kilt is My Delight
This tune doesn't seem to be very well known outside of Scotland. I've also seen it under the name Oot Be Est da Vong. This is another fiddle tune played using melodic clawhammer.
This Scottish song is said to be found everywhere that Scots have settled. It also found in Ireland under the title Red is the Rose.
The Pattyroller Song
Another Civil War (or earlier) tune, played in the G Modal tuning. This was one of my father's favorite songs. The right hand deliberately strikes the head to imitate the sound of horses' hooves.
Rosin The Bow
The Irish waltz Rosin the Bow sometimes shows up in the United States under the name Denver. In this video, I demonstrate how frailing can be applied to tunes in 3/4 or 6/8 time.
This tune was one of my granny's favorites. She told me that her father would sit on the porch and play this tune for hours, singing verse after verse. He supposedly knew over 300 verses! Granny always said that I played just like her father.
This song has been passed down in my family. I've heard many explanations about the supposed origins of this song. The most likely one is that it was originally a Jacobite sea chanty from Scotland. In that case, Charlie would refer to Bonny Prince Charlie.
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