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Jake Bacchus' Reel ? Where Did You Come From

Ala and Tim

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Comment by Tim Twiss on April 7, 2015 at 8:46pm

Always a mystery how to get that Sweeney tune to work. It's closer now....we'll keep some of today. Foot tambo helps

Comment by Wes Merchant on April 8, 2015 at 3:54pm

Jake Bacchus' (Hang Fire) is another one of those old fiddle tunes that shows up in several sources, here's some more information from Fiddler's Companion:

"HANG FIRE. AKA and see “Kiley’s Reel.” American?, Scottish?; Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning. AABB. ‘Hang fire’ means ‘hold your fire,’ or ‘wait a minute’. Labelled a "jig" in Ryan/Cole, meaning a type of old‑time banjo tune rather than the traditional Irish 6/8 jig; Kerr calls it a clog dance. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; pg. 85. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 2; No. 364, pg. 40. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; pg. 118."

Comment by Al Smitley on April 8, 2015 at 4:03pm
Thanks, Wes. I knew I ran across that in Ryan's but would not have remembered the title.
Comment by Jason Adam Young on August 15, 2015 at 6:17pm

Wow! Awesome :)

Comment by Chris Prieto on August 16, 2015 at 12:08pm

I love this lil cluster of vids of you two did together.

Comment by Al Smitley on June 3, 2019 at 3:37pm

Hmmm.  I notice it more now, in retrospect.  I must've been difficult to play with.  Especially with Jake Bacchus' Reel, I'm erratically pushing the tempo!

Comment by Timothy Twiss on June 4, 2019 at 11:45am

Al, you always are a pleasure to play with. I think you sound great. You just need to tone down your act a bit.....its sort of wild on stage.

Comment by Al Smitley on June 4, 2019 at 2:56pm

Sorry, Tim.  I don't mean to take all the attention away from you.  I'll try to smile less!

Comment by Chris Prieto on June 4, 2019 at 3:02pm

I'm more impressed by the fact that this video is someh four years old!!! 

Comment by Al Smitley on June 4, 2019 at 6:00pm

Not sure I know what you mean, Chris.  Why is that significant?


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