Sells' Brothers Circus Rag

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X:1 T:Still on the Hill T:Sells’ Brothers Circus Rag L:1/8 M:2/4 S:From the playing of Howdy Forrester. N:Forrester learned the tune from Uncle Dave Macon as "Sells' Brothers Circus Rag," N:and recorded it as “Still on the Hill.” K:D A-|AA/c/ B/A/F/E/|DA, DA,|FF/G/ F/E/D/F/|EA, EA,| cc/d/ c/B/A/F/|EE/F/ E/D/C/B,/|A,/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/|D3:| ((3A/B/c/|d)d/e/ d/B/A/d/|fD fD|e/d/c/B/ A/c/e/f/|gA gA| e/d/c/B/ A/c/e/f/|gA gA|fA B/A/B/c/|d3F/G/|| A/G/F/E/ D/F/A/d/|fD fD|e/d/c/B/ A/c/e/f/|gA gA| e/d/c/B/ A/c/e/f/|gA gA|f/e/A/c/ B/A/B/c/|d3|| |:A|[af]4|[df]3 A|([dF]2[dF])/B/A/F/|E4|[ge]4|[ec]3 c/B/|A/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/|D3:| K:A |:e|[c'e]3 e|[ac]3 e|([ac]2 [ac]/)f/e/c/|[BE]4|[B(g][bd]2- [bd]/[c'd])/|[bd]3 g/f/|e/a/g/f/ e/d/c/B/|A3:|



STILL ON THE HILL. AKA and see "Sells' Brothers Circus Rag." Old-Time, Country Rag/Swing Tune. D Major ('A', 'B' and 'C' parts) & A Major ('D' and 'E' parts). Standard tuning. AABBCCDDEE. The alternate title refers to the Sells Brothers circus, a latter-19th century outfit dominated by Peter Sells. Circusus provided employment for many musicians at various times in their careers. Source for notated version: Howard Forrester, who had the tune from Uncle Dave Macon [Devil’s Box, Phillips].



Additional notes

Source for notated version : - NOTATED VERSION HERE

Printed sources : - Devil’s Box, vol. 22, No. 3, Fall 1988; pg. 22. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 136.

Recorded sources - Fiddler FRLP001, Tom Doucet (Nova Scotia/eastern Mass.) - “The Down East Star.” Gusto Records GT 104, Various - "30 Fiddlers Greatest Hits" (1978). Spring Fed Records SFR-CD-110, Howdy Forrester and John Hartford - "Homemade Sugar and a Puncheon Floor" (2016).

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Additional notes Hear Howdy Forrester play "Still on the Hill" at [1] and at [2]