I don’t think I had even heard of Sarah Armstrong before last Saturday when Steve Eulberg suggested we play it at our Streetmosphere gig. He played it through once or twice and I joined in. The second time I played it was today for Fiddle Tune a Day. There’s nothing quite like living on the edge.
Steve and I played this at his Noontime Notes concert at the Oak Street Plaza in Oldtown Fort Collins.
An interesting thing I came across while looking for information about this tune is that Todd Clewell is doing a recording project of tunes by Sarah Armstrong.
Sarah Armstrong according to Fiddler’s Companion
SARAH ARMSTRONG. Old-Time, Breakdown. D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The tune was collected from Derry, Pennsylvania, fiddler Sarah Armstrong in November, 1943, by Prof. Samuel Bayard, and appears as an untitled tune in his book Hill Country Tunes (1946, No. 33). It was given the title “Sarah Armstrong” in modern times when it gained some currency among “revival” fiddlers. Source for notated version: Greg Canote [Silberberg]. Silberberg (93 Fiddle Tunes I Didn’t Learn at the Tractor Tavern), 2004; pg. 38.