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DARK HAIRED GIRL [1], THE. Old Time, Breakdown. USA, Nebraska. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to Nebraska fiddler Uncle Bob Walters (d. 1960), who recorded it for collector R.P. Christeson in 1957. Walters was the most accomplished fiddler Christeson knew, with an immense repertoire. According to Mark Wilson (in the liner notes for Dwight Lamb's 2005 release), the tune "derives from Wilse Walter [ed. Willis Walter, Bob's father], and that Bob and his brother Sant used to play it in duet, with Bob offering a fine chording support in old time style." Wilson says the melodic contours of the tune remind him of Kentucky fiddle tunes.

Bob Walters



Source for notated version: Bob Walters (Burt County, Oklahoma) [Christeson].

Printed sources: R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, vol. 1), 1973; No. 147, p. 104.

Recorded sources: Rounder Records CDROUN0529, Dwight Lamb - "Hell Agin the Barn Door: More Fiddle and Accordion Tunes from the Great Plains" (2005).




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