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X:1 T: Ozark Moon C: N:Written down by Marge Tonge from the playing of Joe Pancerzewski; published N:in the Washington Old Time Fiddlers newsletter in 1984. R:Waltz M:3/4 K:D Ad|"D"f2d3A|F4ED|"G"B2G3D|"E7"B,6|"A7"A,2C3E| G2F2G2|B2A3^G|"D"A4de|f2d3A|F4ED|"G"B2G3D| "E7"B,6|"A7"A,2C3E|G2F2G2|B2A2^C2|"D"D4FG|| "D"A>f A>f A>f|d4A2|"G"B2d2g2|"E7"b4b2|"A7"ag ec AG| A,C EA ce|"D"gf dB AF|D4FG|A>f A>f A>f|d4A2| "G"B2d2g2|"E7"b4b2|"A7"ag ec AG|A,C EA ce|"D"d3c de|d4fg|| "D"af dB AF|DF Ad c=c|"G"B/c/BG2E/F/E|"E7"B,6|"A7"A,2C3E| G2F2G2|B2A3^G|"D"A4fg|af dB AF|DF Ad c=c| "G"B/c/BG2E/F/E|"E7"B,6|"A7"A,2C3E|G2F2G2|B2A2^C2|"D"D4|]



OZARK MOON. American, Waltz (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABA. Drew Beisswenger (2008) points out this waltz was in the repertory of several Ozark region fiddlers, including Lonnie Robertson, Bob Holt and Glenn Rickman, but also finds it was played by Washington State fiddlers such as Joe Pancerzewski and Gil Kiesecker (the latter citing Monte Stephens - originally from Missouri - as his source, learned at the annual contest at Weiser, Idaho). A number of Ozarks region fiddlers either moved to the Northwest or lived there for long periods of time, although how this tune was transmitted is a mystery. One possible early source is a 1978 Don Messer LP, where oddly enough it is listed as "Ozark Mountain Waltz." Mark Wilson remarks that it was a waltz commonly played in the 1960's upon the fiddle contest circuit, and was recorded on an influential waltz LP by Lloyd Wanzer[1]


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Cecil Snow (1918-1991, Oklahoma/Arkansas) [Beisswenger & McCann]; Joe Pancerzewski (Washington State) [Devils's Box].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 132. The Devil's Box, vol. 31, No. 2, Summer 1997; p. 36.

Recorded sources : - Caney Mountain CLP 233, Lonnie Robertson - "Fiddle Tunes - Ozark Style, vol. 2" (1980). Cecil Snow - "The Country Boys, Sounds from the Ozarks" (c. 1989. Privately issued cassette). MCA 17018, Don Messer - "40 Years On with Don Messer and his Islanders" (1978). Rounder 11661-0133-2, "Art Galbraith, James River Fiddler: Dixie Blossoms" (2007, extended reissue of 1981 LP).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
See/hear Cecil Snow play the tune on youtube.com [2]
Hear Cecil Snow's play the tune at Slippery Hill [3]



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  1. Liner notes to Rounder 11661-0133-2, "Art Galbraith, James River Fiddler: Dixie Blossoms" (2007, extended reissue of 1981 LP).