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January 2010. A new tablature of "Scotland the Brave" has been addded to the the tablature page.
January 2010. A new tablature of "Mississippi Sawyer" has been uploaded to the tablature page.
November 2010. The excellent free and open source music notation software MuseScore will soon have the ability to write tablature as well as music notation. Highly recommended.
New tablature of "Cripple Creek" added to tablature page.
November 2010. New tablature of "Soldier's Joy" posted on tablature page.
November 2010. New tablature of "Sandy River Belle" in G has been added to the tablature page
March 2010. Thanks to Mandohead for pointing out an error in my tablature of Bonaparte's Retreat. The final note (tone) in the first bar (measure) should be the open 5th string not the 4th. This same error also recurred at various other points in the tablature. They have all been corrected--see the updated files on the tablature page.
November 2008. New tablature of Jim Pankey's recording of of "Rock the Cradle Joe" added to the tablature page.
March 2008. New clawhammer tablature: "Waiting for Nancy." "Frosty Morning" is back on the tablature page. "Cottage in the Grove" tablature amended.
February 2008. New clawhammer tablatures added: "Flop-Eared Mule", "Dance All Night", "Cottage in the Grove", "Western Country" and "Seneca Square Dance". Also a re-arrangement of "Old Mother Flanagan" Tablature. "June Apple" and "Needle Case" now available as TableEdit files.
January 2008. Clawhammer tablatures added: "Bill Cheathum" and "Pretty Little Dog".
December 2007. New video clips added to multimedia page. Clawhammer roots section added.
November 2007. Added a clawhammer tablature for "Jaybird".
October 2007. New clawhammer tablature transcription of "Frosty Morning" as played by WildWest. Available on the tablature page. I have also made some minor changes to the tablature "Wedding Dress".
September 2007. New Clawhammer Banjo Tablatures: "Boatman" and a second arrangement of "Arkansas Traveller". Get them on the tablatures page.
An index of freely downloadable mp3s and other audio files by Tom Joad and his musical collaborators, Ian Jacks and Gerry Dempsey, are hosted at the Internet Archive. Some of them are in the high quality lossless .flac format.
I used to be a member of a stringband called Shake that Little Foot. While it was in existence, it made a recording and the tracks are available for download at the Internet Archive.
This was a recording done on my home PC. Ragtime Larry, a promising young violinist in his late teens, dropped by one Sunday in 2004 and learned this tune on the fiddle from scratch, without notation, in about 20 minutes. He then played the bodharan (for the first time in his life!) and added the percussion track to this recording.
Download the higher quality mp3 here.
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There are more clips on the Creative Commons site.