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    Goehring did a bunch of field recordings of Ohio fiddlers. Some of those are issued through our site, Field Recorders Collective but none of Estil Adams. It is funny that the source of that tune is not mentioned in the Milliner-Koken book. I can find out more info. These are the Goehring recordings on FRC.
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    I have his Jimmy Wheeler recordings and love them.
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    Hello, everybody. I just started on "First Night in Leadville", Ryan's Mammoth p42. Norman Blake does a version of this delightful tune (on guitar) on his album "Far Away Down on a Georgia Farm" You can find it on Youtube.
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    My attempt at the Rebels Raid.

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    Nate Payne’s great big Taters. It’s seems to sound much fuller when I use double stops whenever I can manage it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Roberts View Post
    Hello, everybody. I just started on "First Night in Leadville", Ryan's Mammoth p42. Norman Blake does a version of this delightful tune (on guitar) on his album "Far Away Down on a Georgia Farm" You can find it on Youtube.
    Great tune. I started in on it too. Norman's version is so good.

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    Czar of Russia's Hornpipe, and Tuttle's Reel - both from the James Bryan Lookout Blues record

    Red Lion Hornpipe - from the James Bryan First of May record.
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    Czar of Russia's Hornpipe, and Tuttle's Reel - both from the James Bryan Lookout Blues record

    Red Lion Hornpipe - from the James Bryan First of May record.
    I love James Bryan’s choice of tunes. Gotta check those out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I love James Bryan’s choice of tunes. Gotta check those out.
    Czar and Red lion are both in Cole's 1001 Fiddle tunes

    Which Norman referenced on some liner notes somewhere....

    Tuttle's was not hard to find on line and has a surprisingly similar form to Czar

    I think James couples Czar with Atlanta Hornpipe (also in Cole's) and Ole Bull's Hornpipe
    I think Ole Bull was a popular 19th century fiddler.


    He couples Red Lion with Thunder Hornpipe (also in Cole's)

    Take's Youtube Bluegrass Album channel has both of James Records posted.
    I had them both on vinyl but lost them in the shuffle of life.
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    step around johnny. Has there ever been a funkier tune?
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    So I got this new (to me) Octave and was trying different things on it when I "automatically" started playing this melody on it , and I wasn't sure what it was and then I naturally went to the B part and got it mostly the first rip. Turned out to be "Kennedy Rag". I had just heard it the other day, but never really played it, at least I don't recall ever playing it. It is the opening tune on Norman Blake and the Rising Fawn String Ensemble's "Full Moon on the Farm" album. I recall Norman mentioning visiting old radio stations around the Chattanooga region and trying to learn tunes off the old 78's. Kennedy Rag was one of those tunes. So I guess I am working on it now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmsweeney View Post
    So I got this new (to me) Octave and was trying different things on it when I "automatically" started playing this melody on it , and I wasn't sure what it was and then I naturally went to the B part and got it mostly the first rip. Turned out to be "Kennedy Rag". I had just heard it the other day, but never really played it, at least I don't recall ever playing it. It is the opening tune on Norman Blake and the Rising Fawn String Ensemble's "Full Moon on the Farm" album. I recall Norman mentioning visiting old radio stations around the Chattanooga region and trying to learn tunes off the old 78's. Kennedy Rag was one of those tunes. So I guess I am working on it now!
    Hmmmm. It must be something in the air. I have been exploring tunes played in F and Bb lately. Of the old time ones, Kennedy Rag is tops on my list. I avoided those keys for years especially on fiddle but I was playing a Québécois tune in Bb ("Reel du Pêcheur") the other day and getting somewhere. I used to play Dallas Rag in F on the mandolin or mandolin-banjo.

    You can hear the original Stripling Brother's version of Kennedy Rag here.
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    Thanks I've already written out a crude version in muse (Norman gets quite ornamental) - haven't stopped playing it all day - I will try to play other tunes, but then my mind just wanders into Kennedy Rag, infectious! I think he credited it to Ellis Hall ( at least the version he learned) on the liner notes ?
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    When I was playing contra dance music more often, our band always found room to play the very lively set of Ross's Reel followed by Bachelder's Reel, both in F. Both Scottish.

    I believe U]High Up on Tug[/U] is traditionally played in F. My banjo playing wife asked me to transpose it to G where it has lived forever after.

    And let's not forget the Scott Joplin-like President Garfield's Hornpipe in Bb. This one is a challenge, jumping across octaves in an odd key, and best mastered if we include the second and even third position. I recommend it to anyone interested in expanding their reach.
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    I believe U]High Up on Tug[/U] is traditionally played in F. My banjo playing wife asked me to transpose it to G where it has lived forever after.
    All the versions i have found online seem to be in G from West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons. I have been noticing that a lot of old time players are tuning their instruments down a step and that might be what you are (possibly) hearing for that tune.
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    I know it's an old one for most of you all, but I just heard Chinckapin Hunting for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. I've been picking it non-stop on guitar. If you have recommendations of good tunes to pair it with, or good versions I should check out for mandolin I'd enjoy hearing them. Thanks

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    ..., or good versions I should check out for mandolin I'd enjoy hearing them. Thanks
    Here is a great solo mandolin version from Greg Clarke, at the Portland Old-time Music Gathering:


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    Beautiful. Love the sound of his mandolin too. Am I right in thinking he's playing three parts to the tune? I've found it as a two part tune played in D. A friend of mine located a three-part version played out of A, maybe similar to this one. I didn't sit down with the mandolin and try to figure it out, but it looks like he's playing it out of D to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dodson View Post
    Beautiful. Love the sound of his mandolin too. Am I right in thinking he's playing three parts to the tune? I've found it as a two part tune played in D. A friend of mine located a three-part version played out of A, maybe similar to this one. I didn't sit down with the mandolin and try to figure it out, but it looks like he's playing it out of D to me.
    Oh right, I should have asked you which Chinquapin Hunting it was about, they are two different tunes, unrelated as far as I know. The D tune has two parts and is more played in bluegrass circles (though I think it would work just as well as an old-time tune). The A tune is a very popular old-time tune and has three parts. That's the one he's playing here, and he does play it in A and with the three parts.

    Ok so here are a few mandolin versions of the D Chinquapin Hunting that I like:

    Eric Robertson & Dominick Leslie jamming:


    Adam Steffey (recording):


    Adam Steffey & Sierra Hull jamming:

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