Long, Long Ago

I know I sent out the tabs a month or so ago but since then I’ve found another version by Dave Holeton that I think is a tad better. I’ve attached a simplified version here but you can also download a version with the chords and audio file here:

Long Long Ago CGC

Long Long Ago CGG

Long Long Ago DAA

Long Long Ago DAD

And speaking of Long, Long Ago last Month Karen and I binge-watched The Beverly Hill Billies and discovered they play this tune a lot in the background. There was one scene where Granny and Elli Mae played it on an instrument called a lap organ that was pretty neat. It starts about 50 seconds in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnVGIk9LZOM&list=PL-kok_3pVe59kK0Q_Ff5Kd8BdJm3FACtK&index=21

Long, Long Ago

DAD     (note the 0 on the 5th and 6th lines are on the middle string)

  0- 0    1       2-     2   3   4     5     4   2-

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,

   4-     3      2 1-     3     2     1  2-

Long, long a-go, long, long a-go,

   0-   0   1       2- – 2   3 4 5     4   2-

Sing me the songs I delighted to hear,

   4-       3    2 1-   2     1  0-

Long, long a-go, long a-go,

                                 0   0

  4-     3    2     1-                 3-    2   1 2-

Now you are come all my grief is removed,

                         0   0

  4-  3     2 1                  3-    2      1     2-

Let me forget that so long you have roved.

0-  0       1 2-     2     3    4    5    4      2-

Let me believe that you love as you loved,

   4-      3     2 1-   2    1- 0

Long, long a-go, long a-go.

David B <><


Call To Action: Have Fidders Convention in Athens start rotating the order of events

As many of you know each year at the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention there is a mountain dulcimer contest.  It’s a lot of fun to enter or to watch as a spectator. Unfortunately, it is always the last event on Friday night.  The dulcimer contest usually starts around 10 pm and usually ends between 11 pm or 12 pm depending on various factors such as if the other music categories ahead of us run long, the number of contestants, and train stoppages.

The contests they have on Friday evening are in this order: Harmonica, Mandolin, Bluegrass Banjo, Dobro, and Dulcimer.  Out of the five events, the dulcimer contest is always last.

Therefore, I’m encouraging those of you that have an interest either as a contestant or a spectator to contact the Fiddlers committee to tell them they should rotate the contest order each year so that it’s not always the same instrument going first and the same instrument going last.

It is my hope that not just local dulcimer enthusiasts will contact the Fiddlers Convention organizers, but folk from other parts of Alabama AND from other states that have an interest in these things. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

In addition, I suggest not just dulcimer contestants but “potential” dulcimer contestants contact the organizers. And I recommend those who don’t play or compete but who attend who enjoy watching the contests should contact the organizers (as well as “potential” spectators) because I know many people don’t stay to watch because of how late it starts.

If you’re interested encouraging the organizers to make this change I’m providing three ways to contact Athens State about this: U.S. Mail, e-mail, and telephone.  Some people prefer sending a real letter through the mail, while others like the simplicity of sending emails. I’ve read pros and cons of real letters vs emails and I can’t say which is better. Clearly, it’s a personal choice and I imagine a mixture would be good (I may do both).

In your letter consider telling them in your own words:

a. How much you enjoy the fiddlers convention and that you know it takes a lot of work to organize and put it on.

b. Point out the mountain dulcimer contest is always the last event on Friday night, behind Harmonica, Mandolin, Bluegrass Banjo, and Dobro.  The dulcimer is always the fifth and last event usually starting around 10 or 10:30 pm and ending sometime after 11 pm.

c. Therefore you recommend that the committee rotate the contest order each year so that it’s not ways the same instrument going first and the same instrument going last.


Terry Stepp
Director of Campus and Community Engagement
Athens State University
300 Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611
E-mail: terry.stepp@athens.edu
Phone: 256-233-8215 or 256-233-8241

The main Athens State University phone number is 256-233-8100 or Toll Free: 1-800-522-0272.

Alabama Bicentennial Don Pedi Workshop/Concert/Jam

It was a nice warm evening (for January) on Monday, January 22, 2018, when Don Pedi came to Athens, Alabama to help celebrate Limestone County and Alabama’s Bicentennials (Limestone County is older than Alabama) at the Tourism Center, next to the duck pond. Those in attendance had a great time.  Thanks to Teresa Todd and the tourism center for hosting the event.

First, Don conducted a workshop where he focused on old style dulcimer playing techniques, including noter/drone and the finger-dancing styles he is so well-known for.

After the workshop Don performed for an hour, playing tunes, singing songs, and telling stories.

Then, we all joined in for a great mountain dulcimer jam afterwards.

David B <><

Eighth of January (with lesson)

For those of you who remember Johnny Horton singing the Battle of New Orleans you’ll recognize this:

Eighth of January (and dulcimer lesson)

On January 8, 1815, Major General Andrew Jackson led a small, poorly-equipped army to victory against eight thousand British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. The anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans was widely celebrated with parties and dances during the nineteenth century.

A traditional fiddle tune commemorating the event came to be known as “Jackson’s Victory” or “Eighth of January.”

The melody is based on a well-known American fiddle tune “The 8th of January,” which was the date of the Battle of New Orleans.

Later, Jimmy Driftwood, a school principal from Arkansas with a passion for history, set an account of the battle to this music in an attempt to get students interested in learning history.  The result was, “The Battle of New Orleans“. The song has been recorded by many people including Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, and  Hank Williams Jr.

David B <><

Traditions Senior Living

Yesterday we played for residents of Traditions Senior Living in Athens. We had a good crowd in the audience, 16-20 people.