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Texas Fiddle Tunes, 1900

Lighter 20 Aug 18 - 12:37 PM
leeneia 21 Aug 18 - 01:10 PM
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Subject: Texas Fiddle Tunes, 1900
From: Lighter
Date: 20 Aug 18 - 12:37 PM

The Houston Daily Post of Feb. 11, 1900, reports on a nearby Old Fiddlers' Contest. No young fiddlers allowed!:

“The...tunes were as follows:

Black Jack Grove
Jennie on the Railroad
Jennie Put the Kettle On
Billy in the Low Ground
Nancy Roland
Arkansas Traveler
Tom and Jerry,
Leather Breeches
Irish Washwoman
Gray Eagle
Kitty is the Gal for Me
College Hornpipe
Sallie Hamilton
Miss. Sawyer
Sugar in Coffee
Sugar in the Gourd
Soldiers’ Joy
Pretty Polly Ann
Money Musk
Sally Gooden
Black Eyed Susie
Devilish Mary
Brindle Steer
Old Gray Horse
Methodist Preacher
Wagoner
Tailor in the Loft
Walk Along, John
Hop Light Ladies
Chicken in the Bread Tray
Cheatem
Campbells are Comin’
‘Killy Cranky
Ringtail Coon
Coonie on the Ground
Walk Along Jawbone
Stump Tail Deer
Cinda [sic], Fare You Well
Drunken Hiccough
Farewell Whisky
Bonapart’s [sic] Retreat
Downfall of Paris
Rye Straw
Lost Indian
Gal on the Log
One Eyed Riley
Two Eyed Jane
Old Muse and Pups
Buffalo Girls
Fuss in the Family
Hog-eyed Man
Eighth of January
Saddle Old Spike
Sally Johnson
Sandy Land
Natchez Under the Hill
Soap Suds Over the Fence
Dixie Land
Dan Tucker
Old Uncle Ned
Molly Hare
Get Up in the Cool
Pop Goes the Weasel
Catfish and Minnow,
Brannigan’s Pup
Devil’s Dream
Black Cat’s Foot
Bullfrog’s Eye
Bareback Davy
Possum Up the Gum Stump
Ryan’s Buck Scrap
Shoo Fly
Forked Ear [sic]
Fine Time at Our House
Getting Upstire [sic]
Young Gal So Deceiving
Give the Fiddler a Dram
Suwanee River
Massa’s in the Cold, Cold Ground
Cotton Eyed Joe
Clear the Track
Nigger in the Woodpile
Fisher’s Hornpipe
Ricker’s [sic] Hornpipe
Faulkey Dear [sic]
Black Satin
Green Brier
Rocky Road to Dublin
Liza Jane,
Old Hen Cackle
Old Straw Bonnet
Bonnie Blue Flag
Big Sis
Off to Georgia
Want to Go to Meetin’, But Got No Shoes
Little More Cider
John’s Got a New House
Walls of Jerico.

Whew!   Ninety-eight titles, a fair number of them unfamiliar (local? idiosyncratic? lost tunes?).

Any "old fiddler" over sixty would have learned most of his tunes before the Civil War.


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Subject: RE: Texas Fiddle Tunes, 1900
From: leeneia
Date: 21 Aug 18 - 01:10 PM

Thanks, Lighter. That's interesting. Of the 98, I am familiar with 23. I think that speaks to the value of a good tune.

I'd like to know what Fuss in the Family sounds like.


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