Back From Hiatus, and the Rest of Bob Larkan

As my regular readers surely noticed, Dr. Fiddle has been on hiatus for a few months. I have been very busy as well as rather burned out on fiddle transcriptions. But now I am back, refreshed, and ready to continue the project.

To that end, I have just posted the remaining tunes from Fiddlin’ Bob Larkan:

  • Little Nellie’s Waltz
  • McLeod’s Reel
  • Paddy, Won’t You Drink Some Good Old Cider?
  • Prairie County Waltz
  • Saturday Night Waltz
  • Silver Nail
  • Under the Double Eagle
  • The Women Wear no Clothes at All

The Bob Larkan Collection is now complete, unless hitherto unknown recordings of Larkan come to light.

And just to keep this update as a multiple of five tunes, I have also posted two really nice tunes to the Ozarks and Missouri Valley Collection:

  • Drowning Creek Blues (Audrey Handle)
  • Mason’s March (Sam Younger)

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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Introducing the Bob Larkan Collection

I have just added a new collection for Arkansas fiddler Bob Larkan (sometimes erroneously spelled Larkin). His fiddling is marvelous, and at times extremely quirky. I highly recommend his tunes. The first tunes in the Bob Larkan Collection are:

  • Ain’t She Sweet
  • Arkansas Waltz
  • Beautiful Belle
  • The Higher Up the Monkey Climbs (Seneca Squaredance, one of my favourites)
  • Kansas City Reel (a Waynesboro relative)

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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Five Benny Thomasson Transcriptions

I have just posted five transcriptions from Texas contest style patriarch Benny Thomasson:

  • Forrester’s Hornpipe
  • Fort Worth Rag
  • Fourteen Days in Georgia
  • Garfield’s March
  • Hell Among the Yearlings

These transcriptions can be found in the Benny Thomasson Collection.

Additionally, I have renamed the Benny Thomasson tunes formerly identified as Butterfly Hornpipe and Dew Drop Hornpipe to Dew Drop Hornpipe and Unidentified Hornpipe (Possibly Butterfly). Many thanks to David Stone, who pointed out that what I had identified as Butterfly appeared in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection of 1883 as Dew Drop.

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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Five Blaine Smith Transcriptions

I have just posted five transcriptions from Tennessee fiddler Blaine Smith to the Cumberlands Collection:

  • Bottle of Wine and a Ginger Cake, A
  • Choctaw Bill
  • Cincinnati
  • Corn in the Crib
  • Jeff Davis

These five join the existing transcription of Old Chattanooga. I really love Smith’s fiddling. These are the only recordings I have been able to find of Smith; if you can provide more then please contact me, as I would love to transcribe them.

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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Five Clark Kessinger Transcriptions

Here we have five transcriptions of great tunes from West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger:

  • Shoo! Fly
  • Sixteen Days in Georgia
  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Soppin’ the Gravy
  • Sourwood Mountai

I especially like his version of Sourwood Mountain.

These transcriptions can be found in the Clark Kessinger Collection.

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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Five Benny Thomasson Transcriptions

I have just posted five transcriptions to the Benny Thomasson Collection:

  • Darkie’s Dream
  • Dew Drop Hornpipe
  • Dixie
  • Dominion Hornpipe
  • Draggin’ the Bow

This is a nice, diverse update, with two hornpipes, a schottishe, a breakdown, and a swingin’ rag.

Happy fiddling!
Austin Rogers, PhD

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