OLD TIME Fiddle Tunes

Grouped by Artist

James Bryan

Baby Ben (from Noah Lacy G)  piano keys  audio
Beethoven's Favorite Waltz (from Elias Howe Collection G)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Bull of the Woods (from Paisley Hagood G)  piano keys  audio Youtube logo 
Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July (from Tom Jackson D)  piano keys  audio
Cleveland's March to the Whitehouse (from Emmett Lundy G)  piano keys  audio
Elvira's Waltz (by Bob McQuillen Dm)  piano keys  audio
Farewell Trion (by Joe Blalock and James Bryan C)  Youtube logo
Grey Eagle (G)  piano keys  audio
Hog Trough Reel (McMichen's) (from Clayton McMichen G)  piano keys  audio audioClayton McMichen
Julianne Flanigan (G)  piano keys  audio
Kansas Waltz (from Elias Howe Collection D)  piano keys  audio
Kickin' Up the Devil on a Holiday (D)  piano keys  audio
Lantern In The Ditch (from Bob Walters D)  piano keys audio audioBob Walters
Messenger (from Jim Cauthen C)  piano keys  audio
Mountain Hornpipe (from Jehile Kirkuff G)  piano keys  audio
The Old Blue Tick (from August Merrill G)  piano keys  audio
Old Pards (A)  piano keys  audio
Ole Bull Hornpipe (from Elias Howe Collection F)  piano keys  audio
Oyster River Hornpipe (from Hibernia Collection G)  piano keys  audio
Ora Lee (from Edward Winter G)  piano keys  audio
Sam Hill (from Jim Cauthen G)  piano keys  audio 
Shippingport (from Doc Roberts G)  piano keys  audio
Soapsuds Over The Fence (D)  piano keys  audio
Swedish Waltz (from Bob Walters D)  piano keys  audioKey of C
Temperance Hall (by James Bryan Am)  piano keys  audio
Tombigbee Waltz (G)  piano keys  audio
Tuscaloosa Waltz (by Will E. Ray C)  piano keys  audio
Wild Shoat (from Mack Blalock G)  piano keys  Youtube logo 
Willow Creek (by Ralph Whited D)  piano keys  audio
Zeke Backus' Waltz (F)  piano keys  Youtube logo

James Bryan is considered by many to be the
best traditional Southern fiddler playing today.
Born in 1953 and raised in Boaz, Alabama, James
began playing fiddle at the age of eleven.
He was encouraged by his father, Joe Bryan who
played guitar and taught James his first tunes.
He learned tunes from local repertoires as well
as bluegrass tunes from master fiddler Kenny Baker
who accepted Bryan as an apprentice.
He plays Southern old-time and bluegrass tunes
learned by ear as well as vintage tunes from New
England and Britain, many collected from rare old
tune books or gleaned from his extensive
knowledge and archive of old 78 rpm records.

He won his first fiddle contest at the age of twelve.
In 2011, James received the prestigious Alabama
Folk Heritage award for his lifetime of fiddling.
(Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe)

Chirps Smith

Adrian's Hornpipe (from Bob Walters G)  piano keys  audio
Apple Jack (from Sammy Walker G)  piano keys  audio
Arrington's Breakdown (from Paul Tyler G)  piano keys  audio
Blue Mule (from Bob Holt G)  piano keys  audio
Brownie's Reel (from Cliff Pulliam D)  piano keys  audio
Calico Corn (from Gib Ingram D)  piano keys audio audioB. Mathews
California Waltz (from Ben Woods C)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Cowhide Boots (from Lyman Enloe G)  piano keys  audio
Creal Springs Breakdown (G)  piano keys  audio
Dog Treed A Possum Up A White Oak Tree (D)  piano keys  audio
Down in Little Egypt (from Noah Beavers C)  piano keys  audio
Elie's Waltz (from Harry Elie G)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Evening Star Waltz (by Joseph Lanner D)  piano keys  audio
Fork Horned Buck (from Harry Elie D)  piano keys  audio
Gilsaw (from Pete McMahan D)  piano keys  audio
Hut In The Bog (from the Belhavel Trio G)  piano keys  audio
Joke on the Puppy (from Bob Rogers G)  piano keys  audio
Lafayette (from Kirk McGee D)  piano keys  audio
Louisiana Hornpipe (from Joe Politte C)  piano keys  audio
Mississippi Palisades (by Chirps Smith G)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Mr. Fisher's Old German Waltz (from Clarence Fisher G)  piano keys  audio
Old Baldy Kickin' Up (from Snake Chapman G)  piano keys  audio
Old Ladies Pickin' Chickens (from Dwight Lamb D)  piano keys  audio
Old Missouri (from Harry Elie D)  piano keys  audio
Rundown Boot (from Pete Priest D)  piano keys  audio
Rush and the Pepper (from Jesse James Abbot D)  piano keys  audio
Safe Harbor Rag (by Dick Walton F/C)  piano keys  audio
Shag Poke (from Dwight Lamb G)  piano keys  audio
Soppin' Up the Gravy (D)  piano keys  audio
Squirrel Hunters (from John Hartford G)  piano keys  audio
Stumptail Dog (from Howard Sims G)  piano keys  audio
The Third of July (from Red Brush Rowdies G)  piano keys  audio
Tight Line Fishing (from Brian Hubbard A)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Tipping Back the Corn (by Jordan Wankoff AEAE)  piano keys  Youtube logoThe Horny Toad Rangers
White's Polka (from Harvey "Pappy" Taylor C)  piano keys  audio

Chirps Smith, Lynn "Chirps" Smith was born and
raised in downstate Illinois. As a young man, he
played with the Indian Creek Delta Boys and
learned fiddle tunes directly from old-timers,
including Harvey "Pappy" Taylor and Noah Beavers.
This homemade music was transported to the
Midwest by homesteaders who, bringing their
fiddle tunes with them, multiplied them by
learning new ones from their neighbors.

Chirps became a regular player at Chicago Barn
Dance Company's dances after moving to Chicago
in 1978. Since 1985, he has played lead fiddle
in the Volo Bogtrotters string band and currently
plays in the New Bad Habits.
(the Field Recorder's Collective)

Cyril Stinnett

Boys Around The World (A)  piano keys  audio
Chicken Reel (D)  piano keys  audio
Coming Down From Denver (A)  piano keys  audio audioBob Walters
Dick Sand's Hornpipe (G)  piano keys  audio
Fat Meat and Dumplings (C)  piano keys  audio
Friendship Waltz (G)  piano keys  audio
Gilroy (Amixpiano keys  audio
Grey Eagle (A)  piano keys  audio
Huckleberry Blues (D)  piano keys  audio
Irish Reel (D)  piano keys  audio
Jenny Comb Your Hair (Adorpiano keys  audio
Lady of the Lake (D)  piano keys  audio
Ned Landry's Tune (A)  piano keys  audio Youtube logoPatti Kustorok
Peek-A-Boo Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio
Red Fox Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio
Rosebud Hornpipe (B♭)  piano keys  audio audioLonnie Robertson
Rustic Dance Schottische (B♭)  piano keys  audio
St. Joe Hornpipe (B♭)  piano keys  audio
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (G)  piano keys  audio

Cyril Stinnett (1912-1986) was born near Savannah,
in northwest Missouri. His father was a farmer and
a fiddler. Cyril began playing fiddle around age eight,
practicing secretly in the basement on his dad's
fiddle before surprising his dad with his new ability.
Within a couple of years he was playing for dances.
He competed at his first fiddle contest at a church
ice cream social when he was eighteen and won it.
Owing to an early childhood accident to his right hand,
Cyril learned to play left-handed using a conventionally
strung fiddle. One of Cyril's hallmarks was an extensive
repertoire of tunes (well over three hundred by objective
accounts) many of which he had learned from
Bob Walters of Nebraska, Casey Jones of Missouri
and Canadian fiddlers that he heard on the radio.

Buddy Thomas

Blue Goose (G)  piano keys  audio
Briar Picker Brown (D)  piano keys  audio audio Jane Rothfield 
Brown Button Shoes (G/C)  piano keys  audio
Cumberland Gap (G)  piano keys  audio
Feed My Horse Corn and Hay (G)  piano keys  audio
Frankie (A)  piano keys  audio
Georgia Row (AEAE)  piano keys  audio
John Rawl Jamieson (G)  piano keys  audio 
Martha Campbell (D)  piano keys  audio
Nine Miles Out Of Louisville (G)  piano keys  audio
Old Blackberry Blossum (Gm)  piano keys  audio
Possum Up A Simmon Tree (Amix)  piano keys  audio
Snake Winder (G)  piano keys  audio
Stillhouse Branch (Amix)  piano keys  audio
Stonewall Jackson (D)  piano keys  audio
Tennessee Wagoner (C)  piano keys  audio
Turkey in the Pea Patch (D)  piano keys  audio 
Yellow Barber (D)  piano keys  audio

Buddy Thomas (1935-1974), the great northeastern
Kentucky fiddler who died a young man at the age of 39,
grew up - "so poor that even the poor folks said
we were poor." He learned from sources such as his
mother's whistling, relatives and friends such as
Perry Riley, Jimmy Wheeler, Morris Allen, and a bunch of
78 rpm records gotten in trade. (Ray Alden)

Bob Walters

Art Wooten's Hornpipe (G)  piano keys  audio
Big John McNeil (D)  piano keys  audio
Bob Walter's Hornpipe (D)  piano keys  audio
Bob Walters Tune 113 (G/D)  piano keys  audio
Clyde Durst's Tune (C)  piano keys  audio
Cowboy Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio
The Dusty Miller (Am/A)  piano keys  audio
Eli Green's Cakewalk (Am/C)  piano keys  audio
Johnny Don't Come Home Drunk (D)  piano keys  audio
Katy Hill (G)  piano keys  audio
Lady On The Green (A)  piano keys  audio
Lantern In The Ditch (D)  piano keys  audio
Old Joe (C/Am)  piano keys  audio audioSid Harkreader 1927
Old Melinda (C)  piano keys  audio
Old Parnell Reel (D)  piano keys  audio
Old Tune (G)  piano keys  audio
Oyster Girl (D)  piano keys  audio 
Paddy on the Turnpike (A)  piano keys  audio
Purcell's Reel (A)  piano keys  audio
Rocky Road To Jordan (D)  piano keys  audio 
Rose Waltz (C)  piano keys  audio
Steamboat Round The Bend (G)  piano keys  audio 
Swedish Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio audioJames Bryan
Two Bits (D)  piano keys  audio 

Bob Walters (1889-1960), is a seminal figure in
Midwestern fiddling whose influence on the tradition was
considerable during the 1940 and 50s, the heyday of
agricultural broadcasting in the Central states.
Walters, a Nebraska native, performed over numerous
radio stations in the region and was widely admired
and imitated by such well-known performers as
Cyril Stinnett, Lonnie Robertson, Casey Jones and
Dwight Lamb. Bob was a consistent winner in local
contests, at one point having won 34 out of the 38
he had entered. Perhaps his biggest win was in the
1931 Tri-State Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.
Walters had an extensive repertoire of tunes,
many of which were collected and published in 1973 by
R.P. Christeson in The Old Time Fiddler's Repertory.

Melvin Wine

All Young (Amix)  piano keys  audio
Betty Baker (G)  piano keys  audio
Black Cat in a Briar Patch (C/G)  piano keys  Youtube logo Walt Koken and Claire Milliner
Charlestown Gals (Ken Kolodner Dmix)  piano keys  audio Youtube logoErynn Marshall
Cold Frosty Morning (AEAE)  piano keys  audio
Dirty Sheets (D)  piano keys  audio
Down By The Old Garden Gate (D)  piano keys  audio
Eadle Alley (Erynn Marshall G)  piano keys  audio audioMelvin Wine
Jimmy Johnson  (G)  piano keys  audioChris Wig in G audioMelvin in A
Jump Jim Crow (D)  piano keys  audio
Keys To The Kingdom (G)  piano keys  audio
Moon Behind The Hill (G)  piano keys  audio Youtube logoJon Bekoff & Nate Paine
Old Rusty Mill Waltz (G)  piano keys  audio
Rachel (D)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Sally Will You Marry Me (G)  piano keys  audio
Sugarbaby (G)  piano keys  audio
Tippy Get Your Hair Cut (G)  piano keys  audio audio Chris Wig
Waiting for the Boatsman (D)  piano keys  audio
Walk Chalk Chicken with a Necktie On  (Karen Celia Heil AEAE)  piano keys  audio
Wilson's Clog (Jeff Goehring D)  piano keys  audio 

Melvin Wine (1909-2003) was an Appalachian
fiddler from Braxton, West Virginia. The Wine
family fiddling tradition began with Melvin's
great-grandfather David S. "Smithy" Wine who was
born in 1829. Melvin dropped out of school in the
first grade and was unable to read or write, or to
read music. He picked up the fiddle at age nine, while
his father was out of the house working as a farmhand.
As a teenager, he began playing for dances and
community gatherings. At age 13, Wine won a fiddler's
contest in Gassaway, West Virginia, beating the
longtime champion, an older man named Bailey.
Mr. Bailey told Melvin he was having a hard time
making a living so Wine gave him the prize money.

During the Great Depression, Melvin and his brother
Clarence performed together in restaurants and bars,
and over regional radio. Melvin took whatever work
he could find, including many years as a coal miner
and then as a farmer. As a young adult, Wine was
performing at a party where he witnessed a man drop
dead after swearing at a woman. Melvin took this as
a sign and stopped playing the fiddle for more than
20 years. He picked up the fiddle again decades later,
to calm his granddaughter one day while babysitting.
He decided that playing the fiddle must be a gift so
he resumed the craft. Wine was a recipient of a 1991
National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National
Endowment for the Arts, the government's highest
honor in the folk and traditional arts. (Wikipedia)