X:1 T:Old Drake M:C| L:1/8 N:ADae tuning (fiddle) S:Burl Hammons (1908-1993, Pocahontas County, W.Va.) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/old-drake Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:Ador A2-|ABcd e4|+slide+edc2 A2G2|ABcd e2e2|[M:6/4]+slide+edc2 A3A A2A2-| [M:C|]ABcd e4|+slide+edc2 A2G2|ABcd e2e2|edc2 A4|| ABc2 E3E |EGAG EDE2|+slide+c2 cA G2 AG|EDEG A4| ABce E3G| EDEG EG E2|+slide+c2 cA G2AG|EDEG A4||
OLD DRAKE. American, Reel (cut time). A Dorian. ADae tuning (fiddle). AB. The modal tune was apparently in the repertoire of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, fiddler Edden Hammons (1875-1955), however, the "Old Drake" by Edden that appears on SA-2, "The Edden Hammons Collection, vol. 2" is "Big Fancy," a different tune that was included in the first volume of the collection (SA-1) under its correct title "Big Fancy". It was in Hammons family tradition, however, as Edden's nephew Burl Hammons (1908-1993) played a version. "Old Drake" was in the repertoire of Dwight Diller  (learned from Burl Hammons), and of the group The Raincrows and their fiddler Jimmy Triplett (Clay, West Virginia). There is also an old VHS video entitled: "The Old Drake: Traditional Music from the Mountains of East Central West Virginia Played on the Banjo and Fiddle: Visiting Dwight Diller with Jimmy Triplett."