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Re: [HD] Billy Wilson

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Subject: Re: [HD] Billy Wilson
From: Kenneth Kolodner via Hdlist <hdlist@hammered-dulcimers.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:17:44 -0600
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Subject: Re: [HD] Billy Wilson
From: Kenneth Kolodner <kenkolodner@aol.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 18:17:39 +0000 (UTC)
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Just saw this! Vicki, I will email "my" version to you. More than you want to know, but I originally learned the tune on fiddle from Freyda Epstein probably 35 years ago. Freyda was in Trapezoid and an excellent fiddler. Over the years, I have played it countless times and probably modified it a bit. It is very much a "festival" version. Little Billy Wilson is very commonly played in old-time circles today - as a three part time. I believe the "source" was a two-part tune ("Old Bill Wilson" or just "Billy Wilson"). In the late 1960's a fiddler added or combined somehow another part and that became the common version. This is a similar history to Lost Indian and a few other three part tunes that were originally two part tunes.  It is interesting how tunes and versions evolve - that traditional music is a living thing!

Ken Kolodner
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From: Vicki Gibboney <vickigibboney@gmail.com>
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Sent: Wed, Jan 1, 2020 12:29 pm
Subject: [HD] Billy Wilson

Does anyone know where I can find Billy Wilson sheet music, the way the dulcimer world plays it?  The way Rick and Ken play it.  It’s also called Little Billy Wilson.


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