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Minstrel Banjo and Fiddle Duet by Rob Morrison and Norm Boggs

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Comment by Rob Morrison on April 16, 2014 at 4:59pm

"Rochester Schottische" was composed by W. H. Rulison in 1857.  It was a very popular dance tune and appeared in Winner's Excelsior Collection, Winner's Dance Tunes, and Howe's Leviathan Collection.

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 16, 2014 at 5:01pm

The fiddler here is Norm Boggs, my partner in crime for the past 36 years (see photos on my page).

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 16, 2014 at 5:02pm

The banjo is a bare bones 1880's early Haynes Excelsior No.2 with a simple wooden rim and no tone ring.

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 16, 2014 at 5:03pm

The tune Tommy Jarrell calls "Rochester Schottische" is neither this tune, nor is it a schottische.

Comment by Paul Draper on April 16, 2014 at 6:39pm

Nice Rob.  I know this one from the Henry Reed Collection, by way of Alan Jabbour.  

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 16, 2014 at 6:54pm

Yeah Paul.  Henry only played two of the parts, but it's definitely the same tune.

Comment by A.N. Chase on April 16, 2014 at 7:48pm

That's a nice tune, and nicely played.  I think the version in Dan Levenson's 'Festival Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo' must be the Tommy Jarrell tune.

Comment by Rob Morrison on April 16, 2014 at 7:52pm

Andy--If it sounds like there's an extra little bit near the end of each part, then yes it is the Tommy Jarrell tune.

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