Hamilton Ironworks

As played by Gene Goforth from the Missouri region

Reel or Breakdown in D

From the Gene Goforth Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


Recording of Gene Goforth released on the album Gene Goforth: Eminence Breakdown


There really isn’t much to Hamilton Ironworks. This very simple breakdown is pleasant, if a bit repetitive. The A part consists of a single phrase, repeated a variable number of times with only a little bit of variation. The B part similarly consists of another phrase given much the same treatment. The only potential difficulty here is the ending chord, which has a D on the fourth string and an F on the third string. The Fiddler’s Companion reports that John Hartford, who studied under Gene Goforth, believed that Missouri fiddler Roy Wooliver (who taught Goforth) wrote this tune.


Don Coleman 2014-08-20 16:54:05
Heard this fine tune from the playing of Geoff Seitz from St. Louis.