Old Time Tune of the Month Archive

Old Time Tune of the Month for January 2016: Old Bunch of Keys

Here is a great cross-tuned old-time reel from North Carolina fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985), who learned it as a young man from fiddlers…

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Old Time Tune of the Month for May 2015: Sugar in the Gourd

Here's a lovely and unusual setting of Sugar in the Gourd from North Carolina fiddler Marcus Martin (1881-1974). He was a multi-instrumentalist…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for January 2015: Bonaparte’s Retreat

William Hamilton Stepp was a great Kentucky fiddler whose version of "Bonaparte's Retreat" recorded by Alan and Elizabeth Lomax in 1937 transformed…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for October 2014: Puncheon on the Floor

Here's a great tune from the playing of Esker Hutchins of Dobson, North Carolina, about 10 miles from Mt. Airy, home to fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell.…

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Old Time Tune of the Month for September 2014: Hell Up Cole Holler

Here's a great tune from Glen Lynn, Virginia fiddler Henry Reed (1884-1968). Alan Jabbour did a great deal of visiting with and recording of Henry…

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Old Time Tune of the Month for July 2014: Sally Ann Johnson

Here's a lilting old-time fiddle tune from Henry Reed (1884-1968) of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Mr. Reed was in his 80s when Alan Jabbour recorded himas…

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Old Time Tune for the Month of March 2014: Polly Put the Kettle On

Here is a wonderful tune from outstanding North Carolina fiddler, ballad singer, and multi-instrumentalist Marcus Martin. He wa born in the Aquone…

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Old Time Tune for the Month of July 2013: Lazy Kate

Here's a great old Mississippi fiddle tune for those lazy summer days in July. The Leake County Revelers were the best-known Mississippi band of…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for June 2013: Feather Bed

Here's a classic Kentucky fiddle tune from the repertory of the legendary Magoffin County fiddler John Salyer (1882-1952). This tune comes down to us…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for March 2013: Dandy Jim

Here's a great tune from the Cumberland Plateau area of south-central Kentucky and north-central Tennessee, inspired by the playing of Kentucky…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for February 2013: Devillier Two Step

In honor of Mardi-Gras and the powerful, dynamic music of Cajun Louisiana, here's an old-time two step which has been widely played and widely…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for January 2013: Julie Ann Johnson

Here's a great old classic dance tune to start off the year: "Julie Ann Johnson," from Grayson County fiddle legend Emmet Lundy (1864-1953). You can…

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Old Time Tune of the Month for Sept. 2012: Possum up a ‘Simmon Tree

Possum up a 'Simmon Tree (sheet music) Possum up a 'Simmon Tree (mp3)   Here is a lovely Kentucky tune from the playing of Buddy Thomas…

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Old-Time Tune of the Month for Aug. 2012: Ducks in the Pond

Henry Reed (1885-1968) of Glen Lyn, Virginia, recorded this tune for Alan Jabbour in the 1960s. During the summer of 1973, I spent a couple of months…

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Old-Time tune of the month for July 2012: Iberia Breakdown (C)

"Iberia Breakdown" is a great rouser of a Missouri tune from African-American fiddler William A. (Bill) Driver (1881-1986). He lived much of his life…

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