Tunes around KC

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Tunes around KC

I feel remiss in the fact that we haven't yet posted the tunes we play around the Kansas City area. I think of them as arch-standards, but maybe they are just standards in our area. :)

I'd say that every jam sees at least 4 out of 5 of these fiddle tunes played:

Soldier's Joy
Old Joe Clark
Red Haired Boy
Blackberry Blossom
St. Anne's Reel

The top three are nearly always called and the others are among a list of a dozen or so extremely well known tunes we play that can be found in nearly every fake book. Occasionally when we get deep into a fiddle tune vein people will pull out more exotic numbers like Cherokee Shuffle, Sleigh Ride or one of the rags. That's usually where the improvisations really start to soar.

-Shawn

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I'll add Kitchen Girl Rock

I'll add

Kitchen Girl
Rock the Cradle Joe
Angeline the Baker (aka the worlds most repetitive tune for the rhythm players)
Whiskey Before Breakfast

Ah, Whiskey

How could I possibly forget Whiskey? I'll definitely add that one to my personal list of 'every single jam' tunes.

-Shawn

Tune List in West Michigan

Hi guys,

Here in dulciland we have tons of tunes but the most popular are:
1ST list tune everyone knows
ROAD TO BOSTON
MARCH OF ST. TIMOTHY
WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST
LIBERTY
OVER THE WATERFALL
SOUTH WIND on line http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/601
RED WING
JIMMY'S JIG - http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
FESTIVAL RAG http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
RED APPLE RAG http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
VIOLA'S FAVORITE http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml

2nd list ones we like better
UP THE BUCKHORN WAY http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
TAMLIN -
BAY OF FUNDY
SUATE'DE LAPIN
QUADRILLE DE LA GUADALUPE http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
SATURDAY NIGHT BREAKDOWN
CRESTED HENS
HOLLY BERRY http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
BELLMAN'S JIG
DOWN YONDER http://www.dulcimers.com/tunes/index.shtml
RIDING ON A LOAD OF HAY

That's a start.

So many tunes, so little time...

What gets played really varies a lot depending on who happens to be there at the KC session at the Gaf. Several of us have done quite a lot of contradance playing so we enjoy a lot of those, like Swinging on a Gate, Tripping Up the Stairs, or Morrison's Jig. We love Drowsy Maggie, Maid Behind the Bar, The Banshee, Otter's Holt, Concertina Reel, I could go on. I'm getting excited just thinking about all the tunes!

Donna Brown

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