I learned this tune while staying at the Ludiker house when I was a teenager. The Ludiker family had a gig and this was one of the tunes they played. I thought it was so cool that I had Tony teach it to me the next day.
I have done quite a bit of looking into the history of this tune and haven’t found much other than a few recordings of it, and people who have recorded it. It looks like it might be of Canadian origin. Fiddler’s Companion has no record for it. If you know any information, please enlighten me!
* UPDATE from Calving Vollrath – Canadian Fiddler *
Graham was definitely a favorite of many of the Canadian fiddlers, me included. He was a master fiddler to say the least.
I can tell you that a fiddler by the name of Roy Warhurst wrote Back 40 Rip Off. Roy wrote many wonderful tunes including Blackfoot Jam and Pat’s Country as well. Roy is a Western Canadian boy, I believe.
Back 40 Rip Off and Blackfoot Jam were recorded by Al Cherny of the Tommy Hunter TV Show and were made popular by Al.
Graham recorded these tunes many years later on a recording called “Country Licks and all that Jazz”, I believe. I think the album might have been released after he passed away. I’m not totally certain on that.
Roy was and maybe still is a great fiddler. Living in southern Alberta or BC now. In 1994-1997 he played fiddle with the Sons of the Pioneers. I’m not sure he still plays but he was a good one for sure in his day. Probably still is. I haven’t heard of him playing in the last bunch of years.
Thanks to Maureen Nolan for this additional information!
|Maureen Nolan, Elgin, Ontario, Canada|
|http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/PrintArticle.aspx?e=841065According to this newspaper article, Back 40 Ripoff was written by our own fiddle champ (the late) Graham Townsend.|