Tom Dooley

As played by Gilliam Banmon Grayson (Grayson and Whitter) from the Tennessee region

Song in G

From the Cumberlands Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


78rpm record, mp3 available at


This transcription is of the fiddle breaks to Grayson and Whitter's recording of Tom Dooley.  This groups fiddler was Gilliam Banmon Grayson from Tennessee.  This is somewhat ironic, as the villain in the song Tom Dooleyis a sherrif named Grayson who framed the innocent Dooley for a murder he didn't commit.  I originally learned this song from Kingston Trio recordings (as most people did, I'm sure).

Here's a YouTube video of Grayson's version of Tom Dooley:

And here's the version I originally learned:

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