May 22, 2010

Across the Sea

The next tune, in alphabetical order, to get to is "Across the Sea." I think this tune is also known by the name "Going Across the Sea."

The first version I came across is by the Foghorn Trio. I've said many times that I think they are among the best of the newer old-time acts. Here's their performance:


Across the Sea MP3

Another version I found that I like is by the Wahoo String Band:


And finally, these are the videos I really like, where it's just people playing at their house or at a store or something. Here's such a video:


May 17, 2010

Abe's Retreat

Well since 2008, I've pretty much exhausted all of the tunes I know off the top of my head and talked about the people I know. So, my new plan is to find versions of each tune in the "The Phillips Collection of Traditional American Fiddle Tunes." To keep it easy, I'm just going in alphabetical order.

First up: Abe's Retreat.

I found a great live version by the Gilded Bats, played in Iowa:


Or is it the Irish influence you crave?


May 06, 2010

Cumberland River

As you know, last week was rough for the state of Tennessee where I am currently living. Fortunately for me, Knoxville really did not get the rain that middle and western parts of the state got. The Cumberland River runs right through Nashville, one of the finest music towns we have.