Clark Kessinger’s Underpants Gnomes

Forgive me for indulging in a wee bit of clickbait with the title of this post, but it is indeed an accurate description of one of the tunes in this update. Many of you may remember the classic underpants gnomes from South Park, with their catchy work song (lyrics here). Surprisingly (or not), the melody for the underpants gnome song comes from the old time fiddle tune Portsmouth, which is included in this update.

This update is actually nice and diverse, featuring two rags, one breakdown, one polka, and even a jig (!). The tunes for this week are as follows:

  • Poca River Blues
  • Polka Four (Jenny Lind)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Portsmouth
  • Ragtime Annie

These transcriptions can all be found in the Clark Kessinger Collection.

Beware the underpants gnomes!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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Five Benny Thomasson Hornpipes

I have just posted five hornpipes to the Benny Thomasson Collection. Although Benny is best known as a contest fiddler, his hornpipe fiddling was also top-notch. These transcriptions show Benny in a jam situation rather than practicing or performing something meant for playing in a contest.

Three of these hornpipes form a medley:

  • College Hornpipe (Sailor’s Hornpipe)
  • Acrobat’s Hornpipe
  • Unknown Hornpipe

If you can identify the unknown hornpipe, please contact me.

The other two are standalone:

  • Blanchard’s Hornpipe
  • Butterfly Hornpipe

Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD


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Five Clark Kessinger Transcriptions

I have just posted five transcriptions to the Clark Kessinger Collection:

  • Mockingbird
  • Neapolitan
  • Old Jake Gillie
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Over The Waves

This is a diverse batch, representing a nice cross-section of Kessinger’s fiddling (only lacking a rag). We have two tunes from his later bluegrass period: Old Joe Clark and Mockingbird (which is mostly trick fiddling). We also have a march (Neapolitan), a waltz (Over The Waves), and a good old fashioned breakdown (Old Jake Gillie). I personally prefer the latter three, since my interests lie in old time rather than bluegrass fiddling, but I have transcribed these grassy tunes for completeness’ sake.

You may have noticed that I disabled comments on tunes. I didn’t want to do that, but even with the dreaded captcha I was being overrun with spam. Only a few people ever used the comment feature. I wish to extend my hearty thanks to those who did legitimately comment on tunes, and to invoke one of my father’s favorite curses, may the spammers be cursed with a boil on their butt.
Happy fiddling!

Austin Rogers, PhD

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