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Bluetail Fly - Kick Up De Debble On A Holiday

Alyson Slack on fiddle, Paul Draper on banjo. We got this (somewhat...) from Bob Flesher's Minstrel Banjo CD.

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Comment by Bell Banjos on December 5, 2011 at 3:37pm

You guys are fantastic. De Debble is one of my faves.

Comment by Ian Bell on December 8, 2011 at 9:19pm

Those tunes make a good pair. Great mojo!

Comment by Paul Draper on December 9, 2011 at 9:42am
Gotta work on singing Bluetail tho...
Comment by Joe Shea on December 25, 2011 at 2:58am

lovely stuff thanks

Comment by flatfoot johnny on January 30, 2012 at 7:21am

great!

Comment by Bob Lanham on January 4, 2014 at 8:19am

The fiddle/banjo combo is really nice on this!  Is the sheet music for "De Bluetail Fly" in one of the early banjo tutors?  The liner notes on Bob Flesher's CD don't mention the source of the melody, but says the words are from Dan Emmett.

Comment by Paul Draper on January 4, 2014 at 8:48am
My guess is that this particular version is Flesher's invention - I haven't seen the notation for this particular melody anywhere.
Comment by Bob Lanham on January 16, 2014 at 10:38pm

I found a link to the original score, published "A.D. 1846"; check this out:

de Blue Tail Fly

I'm gonna have to learn this one.

Comment by Strumelia on January 17, 2014 at 6:08pm

Isn't the somewhat dark Blue Tail Fly tune Paul is playing here (which is also recorded by the Camptown Shakers, and also on a video by Tim Twiss here too) a whole different tune than the cheery standard Blue Tail Fly that Bob is linking to above?

Comment by Bob Lanham on January 17, 2014 at 8:49pm

If you start where the lyrics begin, it's the same melody.  It also has the same back and forth where the instrument "answers" the singer.  (There are intro and ending sections that are not a part of Paul's or Bob Flesher's versions.)

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