Hamilton Ironworks

 

A surprisingly jaunty melody, for a tune named after the 19th century Ozark Mountains foundry that produced iron for American Civil War canonballs.

Before teaching a fascinating fiddle masterclass, legendary Missouri musician and steamboat pilot John Hartford regales us with tales of Missouri fiddler Roy Wooliver (1896-1964), with whom the tune is identified.

Want to cut straight to the tune? John begins playing at 2.40.

 

John Hartford (fiddle)

Standard tuning GDAE; key of D.

(‘John Hartford Old Time Fiddle Lesson: Hamilton Ironworks’, YouTube video 7.43. Published by VaporBatVideos, Jul 4 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gds8UIP95fo)

 

Roy Wooliver (fiddle) 

Enjoy Roy Wooliver playing Hamilton Ironworks at Larry Warren’s amazing Slippery Hill website here.  (Field recording by John Hartford.)

 

 

 

John Hartford (1937-2001)website

 

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