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Tom Joad's Clawhammer Banjo Tablatures

Edited by Paul Race for Creek Don't Rise(tm)

Editor' Note:For several years, Chris Erswell, a UK folk musician, was active in Internet folk circles, including the "Banjo Hangout." He often shared information, including the content on this page, under the name "Tom Joad," named for the fictitious hero of The Grapes of Wrath. Unfortunately, circumstances caused him to stop updating these pages several years ago, and the site subsequently went down.

We used to link to Chris' pages from this web site, and we have heard the dismay of readers who could no longer access Chris' files. So we sought permission to restore what we could, and this is the result.

About the Missing MIDI files - Chris originally included midi files generated from the Tab generator program he used (TablEdit), but those files have been lost. Since MIDI files tend to sound pretty bad on most people's computers, I don't think too many people will miss them. If you are a registered user, you can generate your own, simply by opening TEF file and clicking File /Export to MIDI. If you are not a registered TablEdit user, you can still listen to the tab using the TablEdit player.

About MP3 Files - A harder task was tracking down .mp3 files that Chris recorded to go along with these tabs. Fortunately, he had stored most of them on another site, and we've been able to recover quite a few.

If you have any of the content that Chris generated that we are missing, please let me know.

- Paul Race

Tablature Image Tablature file pdf file mp3
"Angeline the Baker" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Arkansas Traveller" Version 1 Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Arkansas Traveller" Version 2 Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Bill Cheathum" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Boatman" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Bonaparte's Retreat" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Bull at the Wagon" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Cottage in the Grove" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Clinch Mountain Backstep" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Dance All Night" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Dennis Murphy's Polka" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Flop-Eared Mule" Version 1 Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Flop-Eared Mule" Version 2 Download
TablEdit file
pdf file File Apparently Lost
"Frosty Morning" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Frosty Morning" Tablature (version by WildWest). Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Get Along Home Cindy" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Jaybird" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"John Hardy" Download
TablEdit file
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"June Apple" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Liberty" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Lost Indian" Download
TablEdit file
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"Needle Case" Download
TablEdit file
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"Old Joe Clark" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Old Molly Hare" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Old Mother Flanagan" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Pretty Little Dog" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Rock the Cradle Joe" (as played by Jim Pankey Download
TablEdit file
pdf file video clip
"Sally in the Gardens" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Sandy Boys" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Sandy River Belle" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Seneca Square Dance" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Shady Grove" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Shady Grove" (simplified) Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Valley Forge" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file Not recorded
"Waiting for Nancy" Download
TablEdit file
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"Waterbound" Double C Tuning Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Waterbound" Open G Tuning Download
TablEdit file
pdf file File Apparently Lost
"Wedding Dress" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3
"Western Country" Download
TablEdit file
pdf file mp3

Please note: the freeware TEFView TablEdit file viewer program is needed to read the TablEdit files on this page. TablEdit files play the tune and show the tablature together and are extremely useful for learning new tunes and how to read tablature. And for musicians wishing to create their own tablatures, I also enthusiastically recommend the full version of this software.

Creative Commons License

Tom Joad's audio, midi, video, tablature and other works on the World Wide Web are distributed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. Click here for the details. This means, for example, that any person can download and improve on the above tablatures and post them on the Web so long as they are published with an identical license. Perhaps add some interesting variations on the tune? Simplify an awkward part? Or just add some changes that make the tune flow more smoothly. Similarly, it means that the mp3s can be downloaded and used in a larger project. This could be adding a guitar or fiddle track to one of the banjo tunes to enhance the sound.

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All tabs and MP3s on this page were created by Chris Erswell and shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. All other illustrations and content on this web page are copyrighted (c) 2016 by Paul D. Race. All rights reserved.
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