A great tune that I learned from the ‘Banjo Gathering” CD. The banjo is tuned “sawmill” or gDGCD. Tom Sauber played it on the recording and wriote in the liner notes that he learned it from “the son of a father who learned it in the Civil War.” The modal tuning and the march-like timing really gives this tune a great feel- I can imagine being battle weary and walking with a rifle in may hand when I hear this played. Here’s the tablature.
I learned this tune from the playing of Bruce Molsky, We do a lot of playing in JP’s living room. We played it in the key of A and my banjo was tuned aEAC#E. Tim Baldanzi is playing mandolin and Ren Price is playing the bodhran. The tune is a tad crooked.