Fiddler's Dram (Jenny Lind), Turkey Medley Part Three

As played by Clayton McMichen from the Georgia region

Polka in G

From the Clayton McMichen Collection

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Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)
Melody-Only Transcription of Entire Medley (PDF)
Full Transcription of Entire Medley (PDF)


78rpm Record


This transcription is sponsored by Dr. Fiddle contributor Patrick Towell.

Clayton McMichen recorded this medley of Turkey in the Straw, Old Hen Cackle, and Fiddler’s Dram (AKA Jenny Lind) in 1939. This is perhaps the most diverse of the several medleys he recorded over the years, consisting of a breakdown, a novelty tune, and a polka. In Turkey and Hen, McMichen used various techniques to imitate poultry noises, but he played Dram straight.

This is a pretty straightforward version of Jenny Lind, a polka that appears under many names. One such name is Give the Fiddler a Dram, referring to a glassful of whiskey. Fiddler’s Dram is probably a variant of that name. There shouldn’t be too much difficulty here; look out for grace notes and ties.

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