Sunday, October 9, 2011

Snowden's (Genuine Negro Jig), the Carolina Chocolate Drops

This week's new tune is one the Carolina Chocolate Drops perform. Here's a youtube video of them playing it, and below is the sheet music. They call it Genuine Negro Jig, or Snowden's Jig after the man who wrote it, a local fiddler in the south of the US. Enjoy!

Interestingly, it is more of a Reel than a Jig, since it is not in 6/8 time. Regardless, what an awesome tune! I had the pleasure of seeing the Chocolate Drops in concert this summer - they are amazing performers live, and put on one of the best shows I have seen in a long time. Dom plays the bones (he is the guy on the left), Rhiannon plays the fiddle on the right. The man in the middle (Justin) is no longer part of the group. The Chocolate Drops album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

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