Chicken in the Barnyard (Cluck Old Hen) (1966 Version)

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording of Clark Kessinger Released on the 1966 Album Clark Kessinger, Fiddler: Old Time Country Music


Kessing first recorded this tune in the 1920s (that transcription is here). He recorded it again in later life for an album that was released in 1966. This transcription is of the 1966 album version. Usually, I am not transcribing the later recordings of tunes that he recorded in the 1920s. But this version is different enough that I thought it would be worthwhile. The tune is identified as Cluck Old Hen on the album.

Kessinger played this tune in three parts. The third part involves a lot of spiccato bowing; notes to be played spiccato are marked with an X. The slides on the first string in the B part and the spiccato part are meant to imitate chicken noises. Kessinger also used a little bit of vibrato, which is denoted by a squiggly line next to notes to be played vibrato.

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