Coo Coo Bird

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 Also known as    Cuckoo Bird
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 Region    United States
 Genre/Style    Old-Time
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
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 History    USA(Upland South)
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 Artist    Clarence (Tom) Ashley
 Title of recording    Anthology of American Folk Music vol. 3
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Folkways FA 2953
 Year recorded    1952
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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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