Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Further Into the Fire – Fiddle Tune a Day – Day 141

It’s a great day for a new fiddle tune. With about 1 minute of learning/rehearsal time, I played Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Further Into the Fire with Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to jam with those lovely ladies even for such a short time. Next time, we will have to jam for longer.

This might be a new record for me playing 2 old-time fiddle tunes in a row. :)

By the way, Brittany and Lauren were headlining for the CROMA Oldtime Music Festival Fundraiser.

Shove that Pig’s Foot according to Fiddler’s Companion

SHOVE THAT PIG’S FOOT A LITTLE FARTHER IN THE FIRE. Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning. AB (Silberberg): AABB (Phillips, Songer). A ‘pig’s foot’ is a blacksmith’s tool that somewhat resembles a crowbar or poker, used to manipulate pieces of pig iron in a forge. The tune was originally recorded by western North Carolina fiddler Martin Marcus on an LP where he played it as a duet with his son Wayne. Marcus also recorded for the Library of Congress in the 1940’s. Joel Shimberg (who says “Surely it’s a barbecue song”) learned the following verse to the (low part of the) tune from Mike Seegar:

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Shove that pig’s foot into the fire,

 Do it now, Miss Liza,

 Shove that pig’s foot into the fire,

 Do it now, Miss Liza.

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The melody can be heard in the film Cold Mountain, albeit the producers saw fit to rename it “Ruby with Eyes that Sparkle.” Sources for notated versions: fiddler and violin maker Armin Barnett and Jere Canote (Seattle, Washington) [Phillips, Songer]; Tony Mates [Silberberg]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1994; pg. 222. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Taven), 2002; pg. 145. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; pg. 185. Rounder CD0421, Bruce Molsky – “Big Hoedown” (1997).

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Comments

  1. says

    I learned this one recently in the jam group that I attend on Monday nights….And, I remembered that it was from the great film, "Cold Mountain", only in a different form. Great tune, and it was a JOY to see/hear you folks perform! THANKS, from Your Beth Friend.

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