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    Yah I have some playing experience with about half the tunes on your list. A few of them I know very well including Rocky Pallet, Farewell Trion, and Saturday Night Breakdown.

    I'll definitely check out the ones you mention that I haven't heard yet.

    Here's a few more straggling C tunes from my own list:


    Cherry River Rag
    Oklahoma Redbird
    Uncle Pig
    Fat back meat and dumplings
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    Here's a cool OT fiddle tune I was playing around with yesterday. Sara Armstrong's Tune

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    Since I am not a bluegrass guy, and I failed miserably at trying to learn to play old-time country fiddle, I don't know any fiddle tunes - so, I made one up, on the mandolin . . . it is aptly called 'Can't Play The Fiddle'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Since I am not a bluegrass guy, and I failed miserably at trying to learn to play old-time country fiddle, I don't know any fiddle tunes - so, I made one up, on the mandolin . . . it is aptly called 'Can't Play The Fiddle'.
    Oddly enough, every fiddle tune I play on the fiddle goes by that name as well. I differentiate between them by adding expletives before or after the title.
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    Well I came across this tune accidently but it really grabbed me so I learned to play it from this tab. The more you play it the more it get's into your blood. At least it did to me. Here is my attempt at this new one for me.
    "Walk Along John to Kansas"
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodwizard View Post
    Well I came across this tune accidently but it really grabbed me so I learned to play it from this tab. The more you play it the more it get's into your blood. At least it did to me. Here is my attempt at this new one for me.
    "Walk Along John to Kansas"
    Here you go...great tune!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yUaITM8O3L4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Roberts View Post
    Yes! I found that one...That's a great version.
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    Some folks call that version "Rabbit Where's Your Mammy"
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    Whistling Rufus
    Magpie
    Mississippi echoes
    Moon behind the hills
    Banjo hornpipe

    I first started to learn the last tune from a friend who couldn't recall where he learned it. Then, weeks later, I have been Unsuccessful Trying to find a recording of it to play on the amazing slow downer. I now suspect it's never been recorded. Anybody else know the tune?
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    I would guess, Jim, that your friend may have the name wrong or it might be better known by a different name. I see in a search that a bagpipe tune (!) called Banjo Breakdown comes up a lot on YouTube. That isn't it, is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    ... Banjo hornpipe

    I first started to learn the last tune from a friend who couldn't recall where he learned it. Then, weeks later, I have been Unsuccessful Trying to find a recording of it to play on the amazing slow downer. I now suspect it's never been recorded. Anybody else know the tune?
    I agree with Jim Garber that it might have a different name. Or, as you suspect, maybe it's a recent original. Not sure how far you got with learning it, but if you know the first few bars (whistle or hum, pick, write, etc) that might help someone to identify it.

    Just out of curiosity, I went to Google and looked for this:

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    "banjo hornpipe" -pinterest
    (The "-pinterest" part eliminates (in this case) about 600 useless hits, and the quotes are supposed to make Google be more specific otherwise you have to wade through 171,000 hits. So, using the search term shown above narrows the field to 'only' 1,550 hits.)

    ... The 2nd Google hit was the following pleasant sounding tune (has nice-sounding mandolin) that someone posted a month or so ago, but in the text below the video at YouTube it says they don't know the source of it either:


    (or direct link)

    Nice tune, although it's probably not the one you were looking for... and even if it was, it still doesn't solve the mystery of where it came from.

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    Small world. I know those guys. All are from Tucson. The mandolin player in the video is Mark, playing his wonderfully voiced Nugget. John W is on Waterloo guitar and George on Banjo.

    These are the three guys who were playing the Banjo Hornpipe when I first stumbled upon it on Soundcloud (poorly recorded and with no visuals of course). Weeks later I attended the Centralia old time campout where Mark coincidently set up his tent right next to mine. One morning I sat down with him to partially flesh out the melody. I got the A part down fairly quickly, but never got around to learning the B part. Then, back home, and re-listening to the tune on Soundcloud, recorded by John, I realized the B part was much too muddy to serve my purpose. I had no idea they'd also made a Youtube of the piece. Thanks for finding it for me.

    Also, Mark told me they first recorded the tune in F which is the version I heard on Soundcloud. But he subsequently transposed it to G which is how he plays it now. I had only heard the F version, and immediately transposed what I knew of it to C, only because i play a lot of similar "raggy" tunes also in C, and I play with a banjo player so often (we're married as well) that lumping all these vaguely similar tunes into the same key makes life easier for her. So you can imagine the difficulty I created for myself when I finally bumped into Mark who now plays it in G.

    Mark and I are both fans of old time rags. We played and shared many of them while in camp-out. Tunes include Whistling Rufus, Walking the Dog, Oklahoma Redbird, Uncle Pig.

    As an aside, I'd like to mention that George the banjo player is a master on the banjo uke. He tunes the Uke in open G, and essentially uses it only to bar chords and play a unique percussion style that adds incredible drive to old time tunes.
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    Did a quickie recording on my Tascam mixer last night of Norman Blake's Valley Head... Fun one to play. Re-remembering.
    Here's my try
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    Spending a lot of time these days with Garry Harrison's Red Prairie Dawn cd. He was an amazing contemporary composer, for those who don't know him. Here's a link to a soundcloud page where someone has put up the cd, now out of print and very difficult to find. Right now, Red Prairie Dawn, Dull Chisel, and Ol' Bob are getting a workout.

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    Been playing a medley of Loch Lavan Castle/Santa Ana's Retreat/Bonaparte's Retreat and going back to a bunch of other old time tunes.
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    Re-visiting Washington's March
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    Coleraine.
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    Goin' Across the Sea ... playing on my F2. Great tune Luv it! New one for me
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    Just learned this cool Bruce Molsky version of Flowers of Edinburgh
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    Learning 2 old-time rags. On the Banks of Kaney and Lynchburg Town.

    Our band took a break from playing contra dances about a year ago. Now I wonder if this new swinging and crooked repertoire means we ought to consider playing for foxtrots and jitterbug. Anybody out in Cafe land doing that with a string band?
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    3 I've been playing around with
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