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Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?

Sean Belt 30 Oct 07 - 12:08 PM
Peace 30 Oct 07 - 01:22 PM
Q 30 Oct 07 - 01:29 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 30 Oct 07 - 01:29 PM
Sean Belt 30 Oct 07 - 01:38 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 30 Oct 07 - 01:41 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 30 Oct 07 - 02:58 PM
MissouriMud 30 Oct 07 - 03:50 PM
Peace 30 Oct 07 - 07:14 PM
Sean Belt 31 Oct 07 - 09:14 AM
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Subject: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: Sean Belt
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 12:08 PM

This is a long shot, I know. But have any of you any information on the fiddle tune "Step Around Johnny"? Recordings, sources, collection information? I've been playing the tune for a couple of years and assumed it came from the Ozarks around the Missouri/Arkansas border. But I don't really know and haven't had any luck in finding out much about the tune at all.

~ Sean R.B.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: Peace
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 01:22 PM

If you Google

"Step Around Johnny"

you'll be taken to a page that has some stuff you can open, including

Folk Music Index and Fiddlers Companion.

Another site says it's a 'traditional Alabama fiddler's tune. I will return later and try to find something definitive.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: Q
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 01:29 PM

The "Red Mountain White Trash" call it an "indigenous" Alabama fiddle tune.
One says MO-IL, another VA.
Can't find any old information. Not on Bluegrass Messengers list.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 01:29 PM

Found a few items in Google:

Appalachian Dulcimers Listing
Folk Music Index Listing
Chords for tune

There are downloads of the tune from various places as well.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: Sean Belt
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 01:38 PM

Thanks all.

I had looked before in the Fiddler's Companion site, which has little information about the tune at all. The other sites you mention are good ones.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 01:41 PM

X:40
T:Step Around Johnny
M:C
L:1/8
K:D
|:"D" d2d2 "G"BcdB|"D" AGFED2 (3ABc|d2d2Bd3|f3e dgfe|
"D"d2d2 "G"BcdB|"D"AGFE D2D2|"A"EDEF GFEF|"D"D3ED2E2:|
|:"D"F3EF2A2-|AGFE D2D2|"G"B3AB2A2-|"D"AGFED2E2|
F3EF2A2-|AGFED2D2|"A"EDEF GFEF|"D"D3ED2:|

Found the above abc at http://www.otmad.net/review/hrc-playlist.abc


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 02:58 PM

Oh yes, JC's ABC Tune finder will give the dots in a GIF from that file:

Gif with dots


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: MissouriMud
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 03:50 PM

Didn't the Mound City Slickers used to play that? I always thought it was a sequal to Johnny Don't Come Home Drunk.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: Peace
Date: 30 Oct 07 - 07:14 PM

www.folkmads.org/megaband_tunes.html

Site worth visiting. Fiddle players will like it, IMO.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Step Around Johnny' - Any Background?
From: Sean Belt
Date: 31 Oct 07 - 09:14 AM

MissouriMud,

The Mound City Slickers still play it. Prob'ly Johnny Don't Come Home Drunk, too. Though my memory gets hazy.


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