March of St. Timothy

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MARCH OF ST. TIMOTHY. American, March (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The tune was written on Oct. 2nd, 1984, by dulcimer player Judi Morningstar (White Lake, Michigan) of the Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband, and was named for the church where the band played for over ten years at a dance sponsored by the Detroit Country Dancers. Judi formally copyrighted the tune in 1985 "after Steve Hickman, who plays in the Washington D.C. area, suggested it might became a popular tune...The dancing ended at St. Timothy's in Detroit when the group moved out to the suburbs and eventually merged with the Oakland Traditional Dance Society. The Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband still plays together and just ended a 23 1/2 year first Sunday dancing at beautiful Lovett Hall in Greenfield Village, Dearborn Michigan" (personal communication, 10/16/05).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Morningstar (Designer Music by Judache). Morningstar (The Ruffwater Fakebook). Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 130.

Recorded sources: Coughing Dog Music, Alister Gillies - "Folksax" (2010). Front Hall Music FHR041, Bill Spence with Fennig’s All-Star String Band - "The Hammered Dulcimer Returns!". The Olde Michigan Ruffwater Stringband - "Michigan Spring." Just Friends - "Dulcimer Holiday."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear a hammered dulcimer version on youtube.com [2]
Hear Lester Bailey's melodeon version [3]




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