OldTime Fiddle

Shady Grove

One evening at a place called Ka Tiki on Sunset Beach, I was performing with the redoubtable Pete Gallagher. A man in the audience called out for Shady Grove. It’s a short, simple tune, but that’s what he really wanted to hear so we played it as an instrumental. We didn’t know the words. It […]

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The 8th of January Redone

This is my second fiddle tab publication of 8th of January. This version is a little easier than the previous. If nothing else it gives you more options for playing the tune. It’s known better as the tune for “The Battle of New Orleans” by those old enough to have heard it. It’s a great […]

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Golden Slippers in Fiddle Tab

Golden Slippers is a favorite at the Bay Area Fiddlers Association. We add new tunes constantly, and we also go back to the fiddle chestnuts of yesterday. There are fancier versions of this tune. This one is almost a straight ahead cover of the melody as sung, with just a few fiddling changes. And here […]

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Down Yonder

Down Yonder is a good old time tune that you don’t hear so much any more. My first serious exposure to it was when I listened to the “Circle Album.” Doc Watson asked, “How does that go, Vassar?” and away they went. That version got published by Oak Publications. Alas, it is out of print. […]

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Moscow Duck

This must be the oldest original fiddle tune that I still play. A hand draw tab was published in The Florida Fiddler newsletter a long time ago. This update is only a little different. I don’t think I had Georgia bow in the B part, as in this version. A special observation is the use […]

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