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Waiting for the Boatsman

by Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson

Old-Time tunes with fiddle and Anglo concertina, harmonica and banjo
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dolly
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
2:31 $0.99
2. Roll Them Simmons
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
4:27 $0.99
3. Cluck Old Hen (A)
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
1:34 $0.99
4. Weller's Reel
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:27 $0.99
5. Old Town Band
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:02 $0.99
6. John Hardy
Jody Kruskal
1:50 $0.99
7. Little Daisy
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:18 $0.99
8. Echoes of the Ozarks
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:42 $0.99
9. Cluck Old Hen (G)
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:25 $0.99
10. Petronella
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:20 $0.99
11. Waiting for the Boatsman
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
2:01 $0.99
12. Kansas City Reel
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
1:47 $0.99
13. Boneparte's Retreat
Jody Kruskal
5:56 $0.99
14. Butcher's Row
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:56 $0.99
15. Coon Dog
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:51 $0.99
16. Pretty Little Widow
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
1:28 $0.99
17. Chirps and Grain
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:25 $0.99
18. Bollarama
Jody Kruskal & Luke Richardson
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Accolades and reviews:

“Music played for its own sweet sake, and very sweet it is, too. Lovely stuff, a real delight!”
- Rod Stradling / Musical Traditions

"Kruskal’s skill creates a wonderful hybrid, one full of a rich palette of tones and a buoyant rhythm that perhaps even a Southern string band would struggle to create. (With his) unique colorings of fairground calliope and ragtime piano qualities, Kruskal becomes almost a blues harp player. A very good recording with lots of variety. Superb!"
- Bill Wagner - Old Time Herald, December 2017

Liner notes:

Luke and Jody started playing Old-Time tunes together in Brooklyn, NY around 2013. After playing at numerous sessions, parties and festivals and just a week before Luke was to move out of town to England, they realized that their duet sound required a CD.

A year later the recording was completed and Luke headed back home, down to his ancestral Tennessee farm.

So that’s the story... Southern boy plays fiddle for a few years in NYC and meets up with a rarity, an Old-Time Anglo concertina player. Luke and Jody present a North-South US tune connection that is unique, deeply felt, brash and beautiful.

1. Dolly - (2:30)
Kentucky fiddler William Hamilton (“Bill”) Stepp played this wonderful G tune, also called “Stump Tailed Dolly.” Rumor has it that the title names a Kentucky sheepdog bred by Johann Dahle, a Hessian mercenary. Fiddle (GDAE)

2. Roll Them Simmons - (4:27)
From Mississippi, this old tune has recently surfaced thanks to Harry Bolick. It can be found in his book: Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930’s. Fiddle (GDGD)

3. Cluck Old Hen (A) - (1:34)
This is a classic fiddle tune from North Carolina by way of Tommy Jarrell. Fiddle (AEAE)

4. Weller’s Reel - (3:26)
Lotus Dickey from southern Indiana played this tune. He had a very extensive repertoire of music. It is estimated he wrote around 500 songs. Fiddle (GCGD)

5. Old Town Band - (3:02)
We got this from Ed Baggot of Huntsville, Alabama. He plays it in standard tuning but it also plays well in cross tuning. “Old Town Band” can be found in the publication: Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife. Fiddle (GDGD)

6. John Hardy - (1:50)
A classic folk song from West Virginia, “John Hardy” stands on its own as an instrumental. Banjo (dADF#D)

7. Little Daisy - (3:18)
From Kentucky fiddler Pat Kingery. Fiddle (AEAC#)

8. Echoes of the Ozarks - (3:42)
Lee Stoneking ranks as one of the great Missouri fiddle players. His tunes were uniquely his own, whether they were standards or obscure. “Echoes of the Ozarks” is one of the more rare tunes Lee played. Fiddle (GDAE)

9. Cluck Old Hen (G) - (3:24)
This is an entirely different version of “Cluck Old Hen,” which comes from Ed Weaver. It has since gained popularity from Just Tunes, an album by Clare Milliner and Walt Koken. Fiddle (GDAE)

10. Petronella - (3:20)
This version comes from a recording of the Donegal fiddler Con Cassidy. Harmonica (A)

11. Waiting for the Boatsman - (2:01)
From Melvin Wine of West Virginia. His mother sang it to him when he was a boy. Banjo (dADF#D)

12. Kansas City Reel - (1:46)
One of Bob Larken’s favorite tunes to play around the Missouri and Arkansas contests. “Kansas City Reel” has become a classic tune for the old-time repertoire. Fiddle (AEAE)

13. Bonaparte’s Retreat - (5:56)
This take on “Bonaparte’s Retreat” was inspired by the fiddling of Chance McCoy. Aside from this source, the version we are playing goes back to Tommy Jarrell. Fiddle (ADAD)

14. Butcher’s Row - (3:56)
Popular in Canada and New England, it was first published by Massachusetts tune collector Elias Howe in 1867. Contra dancers like it. Harmonica (C)

15. Coon Dog - (3:50)
From Virginia fiddler J.W. (“Babe”) Spangler. We learned it from the playing of Joseph Decosimo. Fiddle (GDAE)

16. Pretty Little Widow - (1:29)
This version is from a home recording of Brad Leftwich, yet closely resembles the playing of John Ashby from Virginia. Fiddle (AEAE)

17. Chirps and Grain - (3:25)
This is a new tune written by Gordy Euler of Portland, Oregon. We first heard Chirps Smith play it in his collection of home recordings. Fiddle (GCGD)

18. Bollarama - (3:28)
Tom Staley wrote this fine tune. We learned it from the playing of Chirps Smith. Fiddle (AEAE)



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