Snowbird in the Ashbank

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Eck Robertson Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Field Recording of Eck Robertson


According to Benny Thomasson, Snowbird in the Ashbank is closely related to Paddy on the Turnpike, though Thomasson played them as two distinct tunes. This transcription is one of Robertson’s versions of Snowbird. There are multiple extant field recordings of Robertson playing this tune, and I chose the version with the most variations. It is extremely crooked and inconsistent between repetitions, but such flouting of “the rules” is one of the things that make Texas fiddling so interesting.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Paddy on the Turnpike

Texas Fiddle

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