Billy Wilson's Clog

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BILLY WILSON'S CLOG. AKA - "Wilson's Clog (2)." AKA and see "Rustic Dance-Scottische (3)," et al. American, Canadian; Clog or Schottische. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). A wide-spread melody in North America under numerous titles and versions. Paul Gifford has recorded four versions in tradition in Michigan of this tune (where it is known as "Wilson's Clog"), one in schottische rhythm and the rest in standard 2/4 time. "Wilson's Clog" was also in the repertoire of West Virginia fiddler and banjo player Burl Hammons, who learned it from a guitar player named Tom Christian, who used to play at a barbershop at Tea Creek where local men gathered to make music in the early 20th century [c.f. Fleischhauer & Jabbour - "The Hammons Family: A Study of a West Virginia Family's Traditions", 2011 [1] ]. When Messer recorded the tune in 1937 with his group the Lumberjacks it appeared as "Billy Wilson's Clog" on the record label (Compo Records), but in his 1942 book it is given as "Clog in C Major."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Messer (Original Old Tyme Music), 1942; No. or p. 23 (appears as "Clog in C Major").

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear Messer's 1937 recording [2]




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