OLD TIME Fiddle Tunes

Grouped by Artist



James Bryan


Baby Ben (G)  piano keys  audio
Beethoven's Favorite Waltz (G)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Bull of the Woods (G)  piano keys  audio Youtube logo 
Camp Meeting on the Fourth of July (D)  piano keys  audio
Cleveland's March to the Whitehouse (G)  piano keys  audio
Farewell Trion (C)  Youtube logo
Grey Eagle (G)  piano keys  audio
Julianne Flanigan (G)  piano keys  audio
Kansas Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio
Kickin' Up the Devil on a Holiday (D)  piano keys  audio
Messenger (C)  piano keys  audio
Mountain Hornpipe (G)  piano keys  audio
Ole Bull Hornpipe (F)  piano keys  audio
Ora Lee (G)  piano keys  audio
Sam Hill (G)  piano keys  audio 
Shippingport (G)  piano keys  audio
Soapsuds Over The Fence (D)  piano keys  audio
Swedish Waltz (D)  piano keys  audioKey of C
Temperance Hall (Am)  piano keys  audio
Tombigbee Waltz (G)  piano keys  audio
Tuscaloosa Waltz (C)  piano keys  audio
Wild Shoat (G)  piano keys  Youtube logo 
Willow Creek (D)  piano keys  audio
Zeke Backus' Waltz (F)  piano keys  Youtube logo














James Bryan is considered by many to be the
best traditional Southern fiddler playing today.
Born in 1953 and raised in Boaz, Alabama, James
began playing fiddle at the age of eleven.
He was encouraged by his father, Joe Bryan who
played guitar and taught James his first tunes.
He learned tunes from local repertoires as well
as bluegrass tunes from master fiddler Kenny Baker
who accepted Bryan as an apprentice.
He plays Southern old-time and bluegrass tunes
learned by ear as well as vintage tunes from New
England and Britain, many collected from rare old
tune books or gleaned from his extensive
knowledge and archive of old 78 rpm records.

He won his first fiddle contest at the age of twelve.
In 2011, James received the prestigious Alabama
Folk Heritage award for his lifetime of fiddling.
(Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe)
Discography





Chirps Smith


Adrian's Hornpipe (G)  piano keys  audio
Apple Jack (G)  piano keys  audio
Arrington's Breakdown (G)  piano keys  audio
Blue Mule (G)  piano keys  audio
Brownie's Reel (D)  piano keys  audio
Calico Corn (D)  piano keys  audioB. Mathews  audioChirps Smith 
California Waltz (C)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Cowhide Boots (G)  piano keys  audio
Down in Little Egypt (C)  piano keys  audio
Elie's Waltz (G)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Evening Star Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio
Gilsaw (D)  piano keys  audio
Hut In The Bog (G)  piano keys  audio
Joke on the Puppy (G)  piano keys  audio
Lafayette (D)  piano keys  audio
Louisiana Hornpipe (C)  piano keys  audio
Mississippi Palisades (by Chirps Smith G)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Old Baldy Kickin Up (G)  piano keys  audio
Old Ladies Pickin' Chickens (D)  piano keys  audio
Rundown Boot (D)  piano keys  audio
Rush and the Pepper (D)  piano keys  audio
Safe Harbor Rag (by Dick Walton F/C)  piano keys  audio
Shag Poke (G)  piano keys  audio
Soppin' Up the Gravy (D)  piano keys  audio
Squirrel Hunters (G)  piano keys  audio
Stumptail Dog (G)  piano keys  audio
The Third of July (G)  piano keys  audio
Tight Line Fishing (A)  piano keys  Youtube logo
Tipping Back the Corn (AEAE)  piano keys  Youtube logoThe Horny Toad Rangers
White's Polka (C)  piano keys  audio




Chirps Smith, Lynn "Chirps" Smith was born and
raised in downstate Illinois. As a young man, he
played with the Indian Creek Delta Boys and
learned fiddle tunes directly from old-timers,
including Harvey "Pappy" Taylor and Noah Beavers.
This homemade music was transported to the
Midwest by homesteaders who, bringing their
fiddle tunes with them, multiplied them by
learning new ones from their neighbors.

Chirps became a regular player at Chicago Barn
Dance Company's dances after moving to Chicago
in 1978. Since 1985, he has played lead fiddle
in the Volo Bogtrotters string band and currently
plays in the New Bad Habits.
(the Field Recorder's Collective)
Discography





Buddy Thomas


Big Footed "Person" (D)  piano keys  audio
Blue Goose (Buddy Thomas G)  piano keys  audio
Briar Picker Brown (D)  piano keys  audio audio Jane Rothfield 
Brown Button Shoes (G/C)  piano keys  audio
Cumberland Gap (G)  piano keys  audio
Feed My Horse Corn and Hay (G)  piano keys  audio
Frankie (A)  piano keys  audio
Georgia Row (AEAE)  piano keys  audio
John Rawl Jamieson (G)  piano keys  audio 
Martha Campbell (D)  piano keys  audio
Nine Miles Out Of Louisville (G)  piano keys  audio
Old Blackberry Blossum (Gm)  piano keys  audio
Possum Up A Simmon Tree (Amix)  piano keys  audio
Snake Winder (G)  piano keys  audio
Stillhouse Branch (Amix)  piano keys  audio
Stonewall Jackson (D)  piano keys  audio
Tennessee Wagoner (C)  piano keys  audio
Turkey in the Pea Patch (D)  piano keys  audio 
Yellow Barber (D)  piano keys  audio




















Buddy Thomas, the great northeastern Kentucky
fiddler who died a young man of 39, grew up - "so poor
that even the poor folks said we were poor." He learned
from sources such as his mother's whistling, relatives
and friends such as Perry Riley, Jimmy Wheeler, Morris
Allen and a bunch of 78 rpm records gotten in trade.
(Ray Alden)
Discography





Bob Walters


Art Wooten's Hornpipe (G)  piano keys  audio
Bob Walter's Hornpipe (D)  piano keys  audio
Clyde Durst's Tune (C)  piano keys  audio
Cowboy Waltz (D)  piano keys  audio
The Dusty Miller (Am/A)  piano keys  audio
Eli Green's Cakewalk (Am/C)  piano keys  audio
Johnny Don't Come Home Drunk (D)  piano keys  audio
Katy Hill (G)  piano keys  audio
Lady On The Green (A)  piano keys  audio
Old Melinda (C)  piano keys  audio
Old Parnell Reel (D)  piano keys  audio
Old Tune (G)  piano keys  audio
Oyster Girl (D)  piano keys  audio 
Paddy on the Turnpike (A)  piano keys  audio
Purcell's Reel (A)  piano keys  audio
Rocky Road To Jordan (D)  piano keys  audio 
Steamboat Round The Bend (G)  piano keys  audio 
Two Bits (D)  piano keys  audio 






















Bob Walters is a seminal figure in Midwestern fiddling
whose influence on the tradition was considerable
during the 1940 and 50s, the heyday of agricultural
broadcasting in the Central states. Walters, a Nebraska
native, performed over numerous radio stations in the
region and was widely admired and imitated by such
well-known performers as Cyril Stinnett, Lonnie
Robertson and Dwight Lamb. (Oldtimeparty)