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From Septimus Winner's New Primer for the Banjo, 1864. Played on an 1890s Dobson pony banjo.

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Comment by Paul Draper on May 10, 2018 at 11:06am

Try playing this one back-to-back with The Great Eastern Jig and Joe Murphy's Jig...

Comment by Al Smitley on May 10, 2018 at 11:42am

Started to play along.  Got most of it then thought maybe I should look at the music.

Not in the big four but I've heard it many times so I know it's not in an obscure source.  Where is it?

Comment by Paul Draper on May 10, 2018 at 11:51am

In the Winner's 1864 New Primer for Banjo (via Tim's tab book). It's quite similar to the great Eastern Jig in Buckley 1860, and joe Murphy's Jig in Buckley 1868. 

Comment by Strumelia on May 10, 2018 at 3:21pm

Do you think these banjo tutor authors were intentionally copying and renaming each others' tunes (with slight variations), or was it subconscious and innocent?  

Comment by Timothy Twiss on May 10, 2018 at 8:37pm

Totally intentional, I believe. Just like all the variations on R & B and rock songs. Change it up a little bit, stake a claim on it. There are only so many riffs.


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