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NEEDLECASE. AKA - "Needle Case," "Needle in the Case." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, southwest Alabama. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. One of the tunes described as a "popular old-time tune" that the Clarke County Democrat of May 9, 1929, predicted would be "rendered in a most approved fashion" at an upcoming contest in Grove Hill, Alabama. Tennessee musician Sam McGee popularized the tune with his finger-picked banjo recording, while Vermont fiddler Pete Sutherland adapted it as a fiddle tune.
Source for notated version: Scott Marckx/Jeannie Murphy [Silberberg]; Greg Canote [Songer].
Printed sources: Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 105. Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 143.
Recorded sources: Folkways Records FA 2379, "The McGee Brothers and Arthur Smith" (1964). Rounder 0132, Bob Carlin - "Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo" (1980). Smithsonian Folkways, SFW CD 40107, Mike Seeger - "Southern Banjo Sounds." .
See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources