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Another of Sweeny's songs, published by Henry Prentiss, Boston, 1840. In all likelihood, this piece is another one that Joe brought into the tradition from his own southside Virginia culture.

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Comment by Strumelia on October 29, 2013 at 9:05pm

I love this!- what a great sound you three have!!

Comment by Dave Culgan on October 30, 2013 at 6:42am

Agreed. I love the ensemble sound of banjo, bones, and concertina. You guys sound really good here.

Comment by Tim Twiss on October 30, 2013 at 8:50am

Real nice guys. Love hearing this tune.

Comment by Bryant Henderson on October 30, 2013 at 11:03am

Dan'l, I don't know all that much about playing in ENSEMBLE. We was playing in the CEMETERY. In the WIND. In OXFORD, North Carolina. "Ensemble" has right smart of a Frenchified ring to it. Would that be in Looziana?

Comment by Bryant Henderson on October 30, 2013 at 12:45pm

Everybody, please understand that my "ensemble" comment was merely a light-hearted joke. Mark informs me that there has been a bit of serious discussion going on here that might have folks' feelings sensitive. One reason we enjoy playing "Ole Virginny Breakdown" is that it is a comical nonsense song. We're gratified that this video seems to be enjoyed here in that light-hearted spirit.

Comment by Mark Weems on October 30, 2013 at 8:39pm

Thank you Sirs and Madam,

I quite like a concertina myself. We were missing our usual guitarist however.

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