Head for the hills, it’s banjo practice time. Here’s me attempting to play a fiddle tune known as The Forky Deer, or Forked Deer (say fork-kid).
It’s pronounced Fork-id Deer or sometimes Forky Deer, and it’s one of my fave fiddle tunes. It’s one of the tunes I attempt to play on clawhammer banjo. Here are a couple nice performances of the tune. First up is the Berline, Crary and Hickman…
And now, here’s Tony Trischka and Barbara Lamb…
Don’t try this at home kids, and remember old time music is addictive and may be dangerous to your health.
….although many recount stories of famous train wrecks and engineers and so on. I found a great version of Railroading through the Rocky Mountains – a wonderful fiddle tune – on the YouTube machine. Here are Hopping Jenny.
Of course if you’re not into Old Time Music but you still want to take an imaginary trip through the Rocky’s, you can do it by building a model railroad…
Hell Among the Yearlings has to be one of the best song titles in Old Time music. It’s also a great fiddle tune. Here are the Mountain Boomers String Band at JC’s Fish and BBQ
Soldier’s Joy is well known as an Old Time fiddle tune, but I read that it goes way back, possibly to the 1700s in Scotland and Ireland. It has a fantastically catchy melody. I can tell you it’s a fun one to play on clawhammer banjo.
Here’s the Flying Folk Army, having a great time with it…
Now here’s Doc Watson with David Holt on clawhammer…
Soldier’s Joy is also a great square dance tune….the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Finally, here’s Fred Coon with a lovely solo clawhammer version
Mississippi Sawyer is an old fiddle tune that has been around since the mid-19th Century, but I don’t know much about its origins. I’ve only heard it as an instrumental and I don’t know if there are any lyrics kicking around for this one. I know a sawyer is someone who cuts wood but I read that Mark Twain describes sawyers as treacherous snags in the river that can spell disaster for a boat.
Here it is on fiddle performed by Rex McGee
Here’s Cathy Moore on clawhammer, messing with this one. Ms Moore posted a number of videos quite a while back then disappeared from the YouTube machine. I like her playing a lot.
Here’s a lovely version performed by Annie and Mac on guitar and clawhammer.
And one more…..a version featuring the hammered dulcimer…Ken Ward and Bob Bence
Here are The Shots performing Hop High Ladies, just because….
I love this tune. You will too. Enjoy your Daily Dose…
Peter Knupfer along with Joel Mabus on Mandolin
And now Hillar Bergman and James Carr
That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
Finally, here’s a version that has accordion and didgeridoo…and by God there’s a slide trombone in there too. Careful Now!
Soldier’s Joy is an old tune that has been performed in every way imaginable and recorded countless times. It’s one I enjoy playing on my triple row button accordion. Here’s some interesting versions I found on YouTube.
This version makes me want to have a couple beers, immediately if not sooner.
Here’s a tasty version by the Crawdad Wranglers
And on clawhammer banjo…
Around here, I’ll use almost any excuse to feature Doc Watson