Monkey in the Dog Cart

As played by the Leake County Revelers from the Mississippi region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Leake County Revelers Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record (MP3 at


A dog cart is a small buggy usually drawn by a single horse, though even smaller carts have been built to be drawn by actual dogs. I can’t get the image of a little monkey sitting on a small cart being drawn by a dog. This is a simple tune but due to the high C and syncopation it can be challenging to play cleanly.

This video is of a competitor at the Clifftop fiddle contest playing Monkey in the Dogcart:


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