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Comment by Paul Draper on February 3, 2015 at 11:04am
Bob Lanham's recent posting of this inspired me to give it a shot. As always, mine still needs a little more work.
Comment by Tim Twiss on February 3, 2015 at 12:47pm

That was good Paul. You are just hitting the big ones head on, aren't you?

Comment by Paul Draper on February 3, 2015 at 2:00pm
Thanks Tim. Trying to, anyway. Do you and Al do this one? I think it would sound great banjo & fiddle.
Comment by Tim Twiss on February 3, 2015 at 8:31pm

No, we have never done that one together. Al....want to try it? ( he lives down the road but we talk here...ha ha )

Comment by Tim Twiss on February 3, 2015 at 10:27pm

Hey Paul,  have you worked from "The Banjoist's Budget" yet?

Comment by Paul Draper on February 3, 2015 at 11:11pm
Not yet.
Comment by Tim Twiss on February 3, 2015 at 11:13pm

You're going to love it. IMHO these are the best melodies out there, and fingered with just a subtle enough push to get you in the right spot. I have extra respect for this work coming from A. Baur who saw much of it from the beginnings.

Comment by Bob Lanham on February 5, 2015 at 7:02pm

Sounds really good, and you're more true to the sheet music than I was.  I had to leave out that pick-up note at the beginning of the high part.  One of my band-mates could once play this on the fiddle, so I hope the 2 of us can get together on it some day soon.

Comment by Al Smitley on March 12, 2015 at 10:30am

Somehow I didn't see Tim's inquiry whether I wanted to try Dr. Hecock's until now.  But after seeing your video, Paul. I wanted to learn it.  I just, now, got around to it but it's not an easy one to latch onto!  It's a crazy tune!..... but I like it and am determined to get it into my head, even with the odd twists!

Comment by Paul Draper on March 12, 2015 at 10:56am
I love the fiddle version on the Early Minstrel Show CD. it's pretty wild!

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