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    Watching the record breaking amount of snow that has been falling in the south (my former local being Raleigh NC with almost a foot), it got me to wondering. Besides the obvious "Foot Prints in the Snow", what other songs are about snow or mention snow in the tune? Also I am looking for non Christmas tunes as that is too easy.
    I am sending warm thoughts to all my fellow southern mandolin pickers.
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    Ah, yes there is this.......

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmO-Of_SQus
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    Just had Snowbird recommended to me when a mere 7.5" of snow had the roads closed here near Charleston a couple weeks ago. It was the perfect time to work on a new tune.

    Forget the Ann Murray or Elvis versions. Check out the mandocentric tracks by Jim 'N Jesse or Emory Lester. Either are a tough act to follow.

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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_eOTaMilIVU


    “There’s snow on the mountain and it looks like it’s gonna rain...”

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    Snowshoes. Make sure you sing the part "put on your snowshoes".
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    Matterhorn by the County Gentlemen:

    We started out from Bern one sunny August morn
    There was just the four of us against the Matterhorn
    There was Albert the Australian and John the Irishman
    Me and Bill from Britain, mad dogs in the sun

    Matterhorn, Matterhorn
    Men have tried and men have died to climb the Matterhorn
    That mighty Matterhorn

    Two miles up we lost John and our rations fell below
    Now Al and Bill are lying beneath an avalanche of snow
    Now here I am alone and I know I cannot stop
    Two more yards in front of me before I reach the top

    Now here I am a dying upon the Matterhorn
    Not a thing for me to lie in or a thing to keep me warm
    The Queen would surely knight me if I could get back down
    But it's closer here to heaven than it is back to the ground

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    +1 Cold Rain and Snow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Martin View Post
    Snowshoes. Make sure you sing the part "put on your snowshoes".
    Thanks Pete, is this the tune?..........



    Sounds like "Spotted Ponies" only with a minor chord.
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    It does sound like Spotted Pony. How about "Snowflake Reel"? Nice guitar version by Grant Gordy & Ross Martin....also great fiddle version by Isaac & Louise Callender (youtube).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    ... what other songs are about snow or mention snow in the tune? ...
    Well... there's the almost-bluegrass early finger-picking banjo style of the McGee Brothers version of "Snowdrop" - *not* clawhammer like all the other Snowdrop videos on YouTube. I would imagine that a competent bluegrass band could probably turn it into a modern (Monroe-style) bluegrass tune (see edit below) if they wanted to. (Personally, I like it the way it is, but you were asking about tunes to play for bluegrass.) I think this was recorded in 1964:


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    Edit: Here's an interesting tidbit:

    "In the 1930s, the McGees teamed up with early Opry fiddler Arthur Smith to form a string band known as the "Dixieliners," and in the 1940s they played and toured with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys and several other notable acts."
    -Source: Wikipedia

    Aha... interesting... I hadn't known they'd toured with Bill Monroe until reading that today. I'd heard that recording eons ago, but didn't know/remember much about it. One wonders about the origins of all these styles, early 3 finger banjo styles leading to Scruggs style etc... hmm...

    Anyway, Snowdrop is just a "tune" though, not a "song", I've never heard anyone singing with it, as far as I know there are no lyrics. If you wanted to sing, someone would have to write some words to it. Could be an interesting project!
    Last edited by JL277z; Jan-19-2018 at 3:59am. Reason: Add info about touring with Bill Monroe.

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    That works, "snow" is in the title. I play mainly old time music and am a big of Sam & Kirk McGee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    That works, "snow" is in the title. I play mainly old time music and am a big of Sam & Kirk McGee.
    Cool!

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    Ripped from the headlines...

    How about "Snow Way to Treat a Lady"?

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    How about "The Deepening Snow"....More of a country tune but has been done bluegrass style also.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc holiday View Post
    It does sound like Spotted Pony. How about "Snowflake Reel"? Nice guitar version by Grant Gordy & Ross Martin....also great fiddle version by Isaac & Louise Callender (youtube).
    Thanks Doc, what a cool tune.


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    Snow Dove. With Dawg and Del

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    Well, “Ice Covered Birches” Cliff Waldron and the New Shades of Grass, Traveling Light album on the Rebel Label.
    Though not strictly a snow song, it’s a great one!
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    Who's the picker in post 15?

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    Ice-Covered Birches



    Snow Deer (there's a Woody Guthrie vid with lyrics, too)



    Cold Frosty Morning



    Deepening Snow

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    Who's the picker in post 15?
    Hey Alan, his name is Scott Risner. The video was made in 2010. Looks like he is playing a Duff.
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    If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a vet.

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    Tried to post a video of Snowbird on the Ash bank but it would not upload.

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    A new one for me, "Roses in the Snow".......





    Nicely done.
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    A singer I used to play with introduced me to Roses in the Snow. She is a huge fan of Emmy Lou who really got it out into the world.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    Hey Alan, his name is Scott Risner. The video was made in 2010. Looks like he is playing a Duff.
    Thanks, Charles.

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