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"The Girl I Left Behind"

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Size: 1,994kb, uploaded 1/1/2011 6:05:11 PM
Genre: Old-Time / Playing Style: Unknown/None Chosen

Don Huber (Whyteman on Banjo Hangout) plays an 1890 French fiddle as I play my 1913 Gibson mandocello. The mandocello is used for bass line and back-up chords. Song History: First known printed version of tune was 1810 and it became popular among American troops during the War of 1812. The North and the South used the tune during the Civil War.

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Ben McCulloch

Posted by Bassora, written by Steve Earle

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Size: 4,594kb, uploaded 1/2/2011 6:56:59 PM
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Don sings and plays a parlor guitar, and I play the mandocello and sing harmony. Song History: One of the few modern Civil War songs that does not embrace a false nostalgia. This reality about war can certainly apply to today..... Steve Earle wrote this song about the Civil War for his father (a Civil War buff)...... We appreciate the reference to the two most important battles in the Ozarks. I lost family members at one of those battles (there were members on both sides).

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Nine Pound Hammer

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Size: 2,764kb, uploaded 1/17/2011 7:48:08 PM
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My darling and I visited a friend of ours half way across the State of Missouri just to play a lot of music in a few hours. Don and I had never played this song before although I remembered hearing Merle Travis sing it many years ago. This is truly a jam session piece with Don and me "learning on the fly". I think the results are pretty darn good. - - - - - Guitar and Singer: Kevin Kennedy (thanks for inviting us to your house); Banjo: Don Huber; Mandolin: Me - - - - -Song history- Song can be traced back to the 1890s and the tune was collected by Cecil Sharp in 1916.

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Ookpik / Ukpik / Ook Pik Waltz

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Size: 2,376kb, uploaded 1/2/2011 7:14:29 PM
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I played my early 1930s F-hole chubby body Kay mandolin while Don played my parlor guitar. Song History: "Ookpik Waltz" was written in 1965 by Frankie Rodgers. Ookpik is the Inuktitut term for "snowy owl".

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Shady Grove

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Size: 3,835kb, uploaded 1/15/2011 12:59:53 PM
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Featuring Webber Octave Mandolin and Bart Reitter Standard Banjo. Singing by Don Huber (banjo player) and ghost harmony by yours truly (mandolin plucker). Heard a very backwoodsy Arkansas family sing the song this way ... we learned it mournfully.

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Sullivan John

Posted by Bassora, written by Pecker Dunne

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Size: 4,166kb, uploaded 1/15/2011 1:06:21 PM
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I play the ~1930 Kay mandolin while Don sings and plays a modern Simon & Patrick parlor guitar. The Kay mandolin sounds ruggedly beautiful (which is also how I would describe its looks). This is our Americanized version of the song that we originally heard from Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners.

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Wild Hog In the Woods

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Size: 3,971kb, uploaded 1/1/2011 6:24:52 PM
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My husband plays the banjo and sings lead with me playing the mandocello (or should I say growling the mandocello). I use the mandocello to sound like a boar on a rampage. Song history: Derived from the European ballad "Bangum and the Boar," a centuries old ballad.

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