Lannigan’s Ball

A Good Time at Lannigan’s Ball A few years ago, I went to the Clearwater Library to sit in on a concert presented by the Bay Area Fiddlers. I had been out of the group for a few years. So it was that I met Anson and Pat Young for the first time. I learned […]

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Arkansas Traveler

  Arkansas Traveler and Eck Robertson   Eck Robertson recorded Arkansas Traveller and Sally Gooden for Edison Records in 1922. These must have been the first recordings of fiddle tunes. Sally Gooden was included in the Smithsonian Country Classics. The other side of the original recording, Arkansas Traveller, remains a very popular tune in fiddle […]

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How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art Gospel songs go best in the key someone can easily sing. For How Great Thou Art that key is Bb, in my opinion. This is a good key on violin, too. You can easily use the open strings, except for E. The third note of the scale is D, and that […]

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Golden Slippers

O Dem Golden Slippers is a tune we often play at the Bay Area Fiddlers. Composed in the 19th century, it has a gospel message. Golden Slippers for dancing on the heavenly streets of gold. ¬†For a better printed version here is the pdf chart. For a Gospel song that has a strong devotional feel, […]

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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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