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[Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
The Cuckoo’s Nest

by Edward Berbaum Cuckoos Nest.mp3

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[Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Fidel Cruz

by Paul Anastasio Fidel Cruz was a good friend of Juan Reynoso and a fine musician. Juan wrote this beautiful waltz in his memory. Juan generally played this with a quarter note at M.M. 106. Feel free to play it at whatever speed you like. A few big slides would not be too schmaltzy for [...]

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[Aug 2010 | Comments Off | ]
“Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go?” The Split Personality of Cotton-Eyed Joe” (Part II)

by Howard Marshall              The version of Cotton Eyed Joe considered the older fiddle tune is sometimes associated with Appalachian and Southern fiddling due to its appearance in 1926 on a recording by Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers. The celebrated north Georgia string band recorded a series of seven 78 rpm records (fourteen sides) [...]

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[Aug 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Big John McNeill transcription

arranged by Stacy Phillips As an accompaniment to Tim Woodbridge’s latest installment of his series about Canada’s Don Messer, here is a generalized version of the tune using its current title, Big John McNeil. This version is taken from my 750 tune compendium, The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes – Hoedowns, Breakdowns and [...]

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[May 2010 | Comments Off | ]

Bob Wills played this this version of Cotton Eyed Joe on the 1947 recording with his band, The Texas Playboys. Louis Tierney played harmony, which is not transcribed. See Howard Marshall’s essay on this tune, elsewhere in this issue. This is related to the commercially successful Cotton Eyed Joe of the Urban Cowboy fad, but [...]

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[May 2010 | One Comment | ]
The Doina in Klezmer Music Article 5

by Cookie Segelstein   One of the forms in klezmer music that uses the character of MISHEBEYRAKH (the mode covered in the previous article) is the doina . Here is an explanation of Doina from the introduction by Joshua Horowitz of Kale Bazetsns and Doinas, by Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz*: Doina is the Romanian [...]

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[Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The Mishebeyrakh Mode In Klezmer Music Article 4

by Cookie Segelstein In our last article we spoke about the one of the most recognizably Jewish modes,  Freygish. Now I would like to talk about the mode Mishebeyrakh, which (like Ahava Rabboh, the alternate name for Freygish)  is named after a prayer with the musical elements of the mode in the Jewish synagogue liturgy. [...]

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[Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Don Messer: King of the Ottawa Valley Fiddlers

by Tim Woodbridge May 9th was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Don Messer (1909-1973), the great Canadian fiddler and cultural icon. Measured by popularity, influence and long running success on radio, recordings, and television, Don Messer was arguably the most important Canadian fiddler of his generation, if not the 20th century. His instantly [...]

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[Jan 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Fiddling From Northern Transylvania – A Tune From Maramures

by Miamon Miller    Romanian Transylvania has many sub-regions each with its unique folkloric flavor and traditions and the northern county of Maramureş is no exception. Indeed, each valley can be said to have distinct characteristics.    While most Transylvanian folk bands rely on bowed strings for both melody and accompaniment, Maramureş musicians have gone down a [...]