Coo Coo Bird
COO COO BIRD. AKA - "Cuckoo Bird." Old-Time, Song Tune. Learned (as were many of his tunes) by North Carolina musician Hobart Smith from John Greer, a neighbor. The piece is known as a banjo song and employs a special tuning ("sawmill tuning") of the instrument.
Recorded source: Folk Legacy FSA-17, Hobart Smith - "America's Greatest Folk Instrumentalist" (appears as "Cuckoo Bird"). Folkways FA 2953, Clarence (Tom) Ashley - "Anthology of American Folk Music, vol. 3" (1952). Marimac 9000, Dan Gellert & Shoofly - "Forked Deer" (1986. Version from Hobart Smith).
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