Notes on the Tunes

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Burl Hammons recorded this in 1972, having learned it from his uncle “Old Pete.” It is one of many solo tunes in the total Hammons’ repertory with a flexible structure allowing for dropped or added phrases as the fiddler pleases; he never plays it the same way twice. We have standardized it for double fiddle. The Scioto River, commonly called the “Big Scioty,” flows south through Columbus, Ohio down to the Ohio River at Portsmouth. “Scioto” comes from the Wyandot Indian word “Scionto” meaning “deer,” possibly signifying an area where deer abounded. (Hanna) We named our dog “Big Scioty,” which is fitting, because he loves to chase the deer as they pass through our land.

Fiddles GDAE : Laura - feet