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WIMBUSH RAG. Old-Time, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The original source for this "crooked" tune was fiddler Theodore and Gus Clark of Barrow County, Georgia, in which the town of Wimbush is located. "Wimbush Rag", backed with "Barrow County Breakdown," was recorded in 1929, the only recording the brothers made. Theo died around 1971 and Gus in 1978; both were white farmers and lifelong residents of Barrow County [c.f. liner notes to Hart & Blech, "Build Me a Boat"]. Despite the title, the tune is not a "rag" but is rather a reel or breakdown. Unusual or more modern sounding string band tunes were sometimes called 'blues' or 'rag' in their title, in part for the cache.

Source for notated version: the Canebrake Rattlers [Phillips].

Printed sources: Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 172.

Recorded sources: Document DOCD 8021, Theo & Gus Clark - "Georgia String Bands vol. 1." Marimac 9006, Major Contay and the Canebrake Rattlers - "When the Yankees Came Down" (1986). OKeh 45339 (78 RPM), Theo & Gus Clark (1929). Smithsonian Folkways SFW40206_106, The Dust Busters with John Cohen - "Old Man Below" (2012). Voyager VRCD-354, Hart & Blech – “Build Me a Boat.”

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Theo & Gus Clark's recording at Slippery Hill [2]
See/hear various versions on youtube.com [3][4]
See banjo tab at Taterjoes.com [5]




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