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MONROE'S HORNPIPE. Bluegrass, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by mandolinist Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass." The tune was recorded by Monroe and his band around 1958, although not released on LP until 1965's "Bluegrass Instrumentals". However, the tune was in Monroe's repertoire preceding these events. Some see resemblance to the old-time tune "Big Eyed Rabbit (2)." It was also a favorite contest tune for noted Northwest fiddler Joe Pancerzewski.

Source for notated version: Bill Monroe [Brody].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 195.

Recorded sources: Decca 74601, Bill Monroe- "Bluegrass Instrumentals" (1965). Voyager 301, Byron Berline- "Fiddle Jam Session." County 761, Kenny Baker- "Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe."

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear a live recording of Monroe and his band playing the tune from 1979 on youtube.com [2]




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