I first played this tune with Canadian fiddler Glenn Patterson. It was two in the morning and we were at Black Creek Fiddlers Reunion in Altamont New York. I think I’d been playing for a dozen hours in the key of G. I think the tune source was Kentucky fiddler Buddy Thomas. Glenn said he learned it from a recording by Roger Cooper.
Every once in a while in the whirlwind of late night festival jams, a particular jam stands out. For me this one was really memorable and still remains a favorite. Glenn played a bunch of tunes that I didn’t really know but somehow they all seemed to work for me. Over the next two hours we played about twenty-five tunes- I recorded most of them on my phone. Some fiddlers present melodies in a way that just make sense to me. I’ve been working on this one for a while and have quite a ways to go before I can play it smoothly.