Cuckoo's Nest

As played by Austin Rogers from the Alabama region

Polka in E minor

From the Austin Rogers Collection

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Source:
I don't recall where I learned this one.

Comments:
This old chestnut is a staple in the old time, Irish, and English traditions. I have heard many, many versions of it, and this is the one that I like best. This is in a minor key, probably closer to how it's played in England than most old time versions.

John Hartford also did an excellent version of this tune on his album All In the Name of Love. It's quite different from the way I play it, which is presented here. Give Hartford's version a listen if you ever get the chance.


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Irish and British


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