Paddy on the Turnpike

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in G mixolydian

From the Gene Goforth Collection

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Field recording of Gene Goforth made by John Hartford and released on the album Gene Goforth: Eminence Breakdown


Missouri fiddler Gene Goforth played this extremely cool version of Paddy on the Turnpike in a slightly unusual key. It is usually found in A or A Mixolydian, but Goforth played it in G Mixolydian. He played two parts the first time through, and then inserted a third part between the first two parts the second time through. Look out for some potentially difficult double-stops.

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Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Breakdowns and Reels

Paddy on the Turnpike

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