Three Thin Dimes
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THREE THIN DIMES. American, Reel (2/4 time). USA, Ohio. A Major. AEae or Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. According to Seattle fiddler and old-time music expert Kerry Blech, the source for the tune is Barnesville, Ohio, fiddler Old John Hutchison (1915-1979), who never formally recorded. Hutchison said he learned many of his tunes from ‘old man’ Bondy, an Irishman, although "Three Thin Dimes" is also said to have been original with Hutchinson. Hutchison's sons, ‘Lost’ John and Zeke, had a bluegrass band in the 1970's with a gifted fiddler named Greg Dearth (who lived for a time in Dayton, Ohio) who took it upon himself to learn many of "The Old Seed's" (Old John's nickname) more exceptional tunes. These were recorded with the Hutchison Brothers band on the Vetco label. When played with the tune “Two White Nickels” the medley has jokingly been called the “Forty Cent Medley.”
The tune was popular for a time with latter 20th century "revival" old-time fiddlers, though it was "folk-processed" from Hutchinson's original version and played very fast and rhythmically.