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JOE BOWERS. Old-Time, Air (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). The title appears in a list of traditional Ozark Mountain fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. O'Neill (1913) prints the melody and identifies it as a California Gold-Rush (1849) song of unmistakably Irish origins. He classifies it with those airs in which the first and last phrases are the same, while the 2nd and 3rd strains are closely patterned after one another. See "Enniskillen Dragoon (1) (The)" for a partial list of other songs of this type.

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Printed sources: O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians), 1913, p. 114.

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