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8 thoughts on “ Old Joe Clark - The Country Fiddlers The Country Fiddlers Featuring Wade Ray - Down Yonder And Other Old Time Favorites (Vinyl, LP)

  1. Country fiddle playing is the slick, commercial end of American fiddling. Its roots lie in bluegrass, old time, cajun, blues and western swing, but it is in country music where you can hope to make some money. If you're the cynical type (heaven forbid), the fiddle's role in country music is to provide authenticity.
  2. The British Columbia Old Time Fiddlers’ Association was formed over 40 years ago to promote and encourage old time music, to foster connections among the fiddling communities throughout BC as well as Canada, and to encourage young people to take up fiddling and violin playing.
  3. Old-time fiddler Jake Krack and Folkways archivist Jeff Place compiled and annotated this collection of vintage Southern Appalachian string band music from the Smithsonian archives. Clark Kessinger, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, Marion Sumner, Gaither Carlton, Eck Robertson, Melvin Wine, and many more.
  4. Old Joe Clark/Clarke (two versions) 14/3, p41() Old Joe Clark/Clarke 1/3, p29() Old Joe Clark/Clarke 12/3, p25() Old John's Jig 16/1, p43b() Old Man Rocking the Cradle 7/2, p40() The Old Mill Jig 18/3, p 9() Old Sledge 16/3, p38() Old Sledge 7/2, p45() Old Sledge 5/3, p40() Old Time BackStep Cindy 4/2, p
  5. In old time jam sessions fiddlers are happy to stay in a single key and a single tuning for up to an hour. At some point a key change will be suggested, and everyone will retune. If an outsider sees fit to criticise this practice, fiddlers will habitually blame it on banjo players, who apparently find it harder to retune.
  6. Of the verses of Old Joe Clark, one Indiana farmer said: “There's thousands of 'em. Everyone has his own version.” Scholars set the number more modestly at Old Joe Clark is one of the songs Uncle Gus Mulkey used to play on the fiddle when his fingers were still nimble. Kim Mulkey had disapproved and pretended not to know of his son's.
  7. Links Tune Indexes and Historical Info. Folk Music Index - An index to recorded and print resources, by Jane Keefer; Fiddle Resources on the Web - by Mickey Koth, Yale; JC's ABC Tune Finder - Searchable index of tunes in text, ABC, Postscript, PDF, GIF, PNG, and MIDI formats (PDF is easiest to read); Old Time Central - A collection of learning and listening resources for Old Time Music.
  8. At ages 60 and 70, my sister and I both have found your Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus invaluable! We had bought several other books before finding this one and it is the very best! Your book renewed our faith in our ability to learn, and we are both having so much fun with it. And, YES, I believe you can teach an old frog the fiddle!

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