Old Baldy Kickin' up

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X:1 T:Old Baldy Kickin' Up N:Transcribed by John Hartford rom the playing of Owen "Snake" N:Chapman (1919-2002, Canada, Pike County, southeastern Kentucky) M:2/4 L:1/8 N:AABB' R:Reel B:Stephen F. Davis - Devil's Box, vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 1994 (p. 19) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G (3D/E/F/|GD/C/ B,/C/D/G/|F/F/A/c/ B/G/G/F/|GD/C/ B,/C/D/G/|F/G/A/F/ G:| (3D/E/F/|G/A/B/c/ dB/c/|d/e/d/c/ B/B/D/F/|G/A/B/c/ dG/B/|A/G/F/E/ D(3D/E/F/| G/A/B/c/ dB/c/|d/e/d/c/ B/B/A/B/|c/B/A/G/ Fd/c/|B/G/A/F/ G||



OLD BALDY KICKIN' UP. American, Reel (2/4 or cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is sourced to fiddler Owen Chapman (1919-2002) of Chapman's Hollow, Canada, Pike County, southeastern Kentucky. The tune sounds like it might have British origins, and at least one reviewer has noticed similarities to "Dance to Your Daddy" and "Morpeth Rant (1) [1]. The title, thought not the melody, is also reminiscent of Ozarks fiddler Jim Herd's reel "Hold Old Bald While I Dance with Josie."

John Hartford supplied these words, obtained from Chapman:

Old Baldy kickin' up, Young Baldy, kickin' up,
Old Baldy kickin' up behind and before;
He laid down a kickin' up, he got up a kickin' up,
He run off a kickin' up behind and before.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Transcribed by John Hartford from the playing of Owen "Snake" Chapman (Canada, Pike County, Ky.) [Devil's Box].

Printed sources : - Stephen F. Davis (Devil's Box), vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 1994; p. 19.

Recorded sources : - Rounder 0418, Owen "Snake" Chapman - "Walnut Gap" (1999).




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  1. Paul Roberts, Musical Traditions review of "Walnut Gap" CD [1]