Paddy, Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider?

As played by Bob Larkan from the Arkansas region

Reel or Breakdown in A

From the Bob Larkan Collection

3 files for this tune:

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


78rpm Record (Partial MP3 available at


I don’t have 100% confidence in this transcription due to the sheer amount of sound in the recording (the loud piano sometimes made the fiddle hard to hear in detail), but I do think the transcription shows what Larkan was doing fairly well. This is a simple tune. Look out for grace notes on lower strings followed by melody notes on high notes. When a grace note precedes a slide to a unison, this indicates that Larkan started on the grace note and then quickly slid up to the unison. Note that Larkan used the Georgia Shuffle bowing pattern in the second measure of both lines of the A part.

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