Cacklin’ Hen

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Eck Robertson Collection

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Field Recording of Eck Robertson


This tune is a bit of an odd duck. Much of it is in imitation of the cackling noises that a chicken would make. It has five distinct parts, of which the A part is crooked and the B part is not introduced until the third time through. I recommend that third time through the tune if you are going to learn it. The B part sounds a bit like Cluck Old Hen.


This tune is a member of the following groups:

Cluck Old Hen

Texas Fiddle

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