When I was down in Virginia I heard a lot of fiddle music and it has inspired me to listen to more and more, work on my own beginner-level fiddling and of course learn more fiddle tunes on banjo too. Recently I’ve posted some songs… Read More
Here’s a tune by Reg Hill from his recording Ottawa Valley Hoedown. It’s called the Buck Fever Rag. Reg Hill was also well known as the fiddle player for Mac Beattie’s Ottawa Valley Melodiers. This is a great tune. I hope you enjoy it as… Read More
This is me trying to play two ‘A’ tunes strung together: Lady (or is it Ladies) on the Green and Devilish Mary. I learned them both recently at Midwest Banjo Camp from Cathy Barton Para. One of the things that happens after banjo camp is… Read More
I first heard Black Mountain Rag as played by Doc Watson, so I think of it as a flat-picking guitar showpiece kind of tune. Doc really moves on this one. Before that it was known primarily as a fiddle tune. Here’s Patti Kusturok’s take… Read More
Here’s some wonderful Ramona Jones fiddling for a Sunday morning. It’s called Chinquapin on Crooked Stovepipe. Is chinquapin a word in your vocabulary? I only know it from old time music. I think a chinquapin is another word for a chestnut. Is that how you… Read More
I’ve been working on the St. Anne’s Reel on the banjo recently, but I’ve been familiar with this one from my button accordion days as Reel de Ste-Anne. I don’t know the actual origin of this one, but a lot of people will tell you… Read More
Here’s my attempt at playing the Buddy Durham fiddle tune, Durham’s Bull. I learned this one at the last Midwest Banjo Camp from Cathy Barton Para. This one would be more fun to play with a fiddle player I think, but I enjoy it none-the-less.
Here’s Buddy Durham performing his Durham’s Bull. I’ve been working on playing this one on the banjo….still not where I want to be with it though. Practice, practice, practice.
I learned this tune from Cathy Barton Para at Midwest Banjo Camp earlier this year. I learned it in standard D tuning (aDAC#E) but somewhere along the way I started messing around with it in DD tuning (aDADE) instead, and I just kept playing it… Read More
This is a tune that came up a couple times when I was at Midwest Banjo Camp. I don’t know if it is a Canadian tune but I think many people, myself included, think it is – maybe because of this version by the late… Read More