Five Indian-Themed Tunes

I have just posted five Indian-themed tunes:

These are all really nice tunes, but I especially like Ed Haley’s Cherokee Polka. Incidentally, this update completes the Lewis Thomasson collection, unless by some miracle more material from Lewis Thomasson can be found. If you have any recordings of Lewis Thomasson that I have not transcribed, please contact me.

Happy fiddling (and happy new year by the Western calendar),

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Eck Robertson Rags, Completing the Eck Robertson Collection

I have just posted five rags to the Eck Robertson Collection:

  • Dill Pickles (Dill Pickle Rag)
  • Kansas City Rag
  • Limerock (Old Limerock)
  • There’s a Brown Skin Gal Down the Road Somewhere
  • Two Rubies

My favorite among these rags is Kansas City Rag, which I have added to my own personal repertoire.

The Eck Robertson Collection is now complete. I have transcribed every tune of Eck Robertson that I can find, except for the recordings where Robertson played second fiddle to Gilliland. If you are aware of any recordings of Eck Robertson that I have not transcribed, please contact me. I would be especially interested if, by some miracle, recordings of Robertson playing Apple Blossom, General Logan’s Reel, or Dominion Hornpipe have surfaced. He recorded these tunes in the 1920s but they were never released, and were not among the collection of field recordings that was provided to me.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Versions of Grey Eagle

I have just posted five versions of the well-known and widespread tune Grey Eagle from the following fiddlers (collection names in parenthesis):

They may all be found in the Grey Eagle Tune Group.

Peacock’s recording is probably the earliest Texas recording of this tune. Ernie Carpenter was from West Virginia and John Selleck was from California, so this post pretty much spans the whole United States.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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Five Eck Robertson Waltzes

I have just posted five waltz transcriptions from Texas fiddler Eck Robertson:

  • Brown Kelly Waltz
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Kentucky Waltz
  • Rye Whiskey (Drunkard’s Hiccups)
  • Tennessee Waltz

Of these, I like Robertson’s version of Rye Whiskey. They can all be found in the Eck Robertson Collection.

Happy fiddling!

Dr. Fiddle

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