Uncle Pen

October 11, 2020 8:17 PM

An old-time take on a bluegrass tune.

I learned this from the playing of Nokosee Fields at the (virtual) Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention this afternoon. Someone in the chat said it sounded like "Melvin's" Uncle Pen, but I don't know which Melvin. Melvin Wine, maybe? It's definitely not how Bill Monroe and Kenny Baker play it, in any case.

I play everything around this tempo, so it should probably be faster, but this is where I like it. Fiddles are me, everything else is Strum Machine.
posted by hades (4 comments total)

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Thank you, this is delightful !
posted by nicolin at 12:50 AM on October 12, 2020

yeah, agreed, very nice! i like old time tunes at this pace, to be honest . . .
posted by gorbichov at 4:44 AM on October 26, 2020

LOVE this!
posted by pedmands at 5:51 PM on November 19, 2020

I like how the tune gets the old style bowing treatment, considering I know it from the sweet long bow Kenny Baker original style. Saw the Big man and Baker many times live, and it never occurred to me that anybody would play with the tempos. nice stuff!
posted by zaelic at 3:25 AM on December 8, 2020

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