Cruel Master

As played by Lewis Thomasson from the Texas region

Jig in A mixolydian

From the Lewis Thomasson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording on the album Lewis Thomasson: Old Texas Fiddle Tunes Played the Old Way


To me, Cruel Master may be one of the most significant fiddle tunes I have run across: it is a Texas jig. I haven’t been able to find out anything about this tune; if you know anything please let me know. Thomasson supposedly learned it from his grandfather. Texas isn’t exactly known for its jigs, so I was shocked to find this little mixolydian gem.

Cross-tune to AEAE.

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Texas Fiddle

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