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OLD CHARLIE DECKARD. AKA - "Old Charles Deckard." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Missouri. A Major. AEac# tuning (fiddle). AABB. Charlie Deckard was a regionally influential fiddler in Missouri. Although source Bob Holt never heard Deckard play it, this was a well-known square dance tune when Holt was growing up. In fact, Holt learned it from the whistling of his own father, who said he had learned it at square dances when he himself was young. The Deckard family, of McClurg, Missouri, were well-known for their fiddling and dancing, remark Beisswenger & McCann (2008). The tune is somewhat archaic sounding, note the authors, with pizzicato notes similar to other Missouri tunes such as "Bear Creek Sally Goodin'", "White River," and "Broke-Legged Chicken (1). See also the similar "Jenny Nettles (2)" collected by Marion Thede.

Source for notated version: Bob Holt (1930-2004, Ava, Missouri) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources: Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 65.

Recorded sources: Rounder 0432, Bob Holt - "Got a Little Home to Go To" (1999).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Bob Holt's recording at Slippery Hill [2]
See the banjo tab, mp3 and video at the Old Time from the Ozarks site [3] [4]




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