Week #359 ~ Down Yonder

  1. Barbara Shultz
    Barbara Shultz
    This week's winner is Down Yonder, which was submitted as a bluegrass tune.

    This is what Wikipedia has to say

    "Down Yonder" is a popular song with words and music by L. Wolfe Gilbert. It was first published in 1921.

    Gilbert had written the lyrics for the 1912 song "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (for which Lewis F. Muir wrote the music). In "Down Yonder," Gilbert brought back four of the characters from the earlier songóDaddy, Mammy, Ephram and Sammy. However, the lyrics of "Down Yonder" are relatively obscure because the song has usually been performed as an instrumental.

    Here's a link to some standard notation
  2. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Another tune that I don't know but that is fairly easy to pick up from the sheet music and the recordings and that's fun to play. Quite a range of speeds in the recorded versions, presumably because it started as a song and can be played at the original speed or at more usual fiddle tune speed.

    I've been using a slightly different transcription from the one posted by Barbara, from:


    Pretty straightforward recording: twice through at the speed given on the score (115 bpm), with boom-chick tenor guitar backing.

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin (same year as the song!)
    Ozark tenor guitar

    <Edit: updated faster recording added in new posting below>

  3. Manfred Hacker
    Manfred Hacker
    Good intro to this tune, Martin.
    Here is my effort. I have played this on the fiddle for a while, but have refrained from adding that instrument ...

  4. Bob Michel
    Bob Michel
    Lovely renditions by Martin and Manfred.

    Here's a pretty straight-ahead version, with a bit of accompaniment:

    Bob Michel
    Near Philly
  5. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    On listening back again to what I uploaded on Saturday, and also listening to Bob's and Manfred's versions with their faster groove, I have decided that my tempo was too dreary. Here is a new recording done tonight -- same instrumentation, same arrangement, but taken at 140bpm rather than 115bpm. Much more lively this way, and more fluent playing as well.

  6. woodenfingers
    Really nice playing. Martin, the updated one is definitely more lively. Bob, you have some great variations there and a nice backup group too. Manfred, nice picking, you're the king of double stops.

    Here's my go with mandolin, guitar and fiddle. The tune rolls nicely off the mandolin but is a lot more evil on the fiddle so I kept the fiddling to a minimum to reduce your anguish. It seems more effective for me to post videos than straight audio files so I put together a video for you. It has been an unusually warm winter and Spring is early. My bees are already out collecting pollen so you can watch my bees bring pollen home.

  7. davidtoc
    I originally put this online for the folks in my local jam who had never heard Down Yonder with lyrics and thought y'all might find it interesting. It's just the audio and it comes from an old Red Foley record.

  8. woodenfingers
    David - very cool, I don't recall ever hearing it with lyrics.
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