Going Across the Sea

23 Jun

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[gCGCD tuning]

In this post, Thumb-Lead Banjer once again features a tab from guest contributor Glenn Patterson.  This time around, Glenn has sent me a tab of Going Across the Sea based on the picking of multi-instrumentalist Tracy Schwarz (most well known as the fiddler for the New Lost City Ramblers between 1962-1972).  An excellent version of Mr. Schwarz playing this tune can be heard at the Digital Library of Appalachia, a site well worth your attention if you’ve never seen it.  I haven’t been able to dig up very much about the origins of the piece, but from what I can tell Uncle Dave Macon is credited with the first recording of it pressed way back in 1924.  Whatever its history, Going Across the Sea continues to be a popular song/tune among fiddlers and banjo pickers alike.  Thanks again Glenn.



2 Responses to “Going Across the Sea”

  1. bodhi47 11/23/2011 at 12:35 am #

    thanks for the blog. it’s fun and interesting. I was trying to download the tab for Across the Sea but every time i open it Tefview crashes. Whisky before breakfast and Lazy John open fine. Maybe this one is corrupt? Tried downloading it twice.
    Just thought you’d like to know….

    • 2ftlbanjer 11/24/2011 at 3:50 pm #

      Strange. I just re-uploaded it so hopefully that solves the problem. Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Let me know if you’re still having difficulties and I’ll email you the file. Peace.

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