When I think of Cane Break, I think of Weiser. I first heard it at Weiser, and while I’ve never played it in a contest, I have always thought it was a cool tune.
I think it’s especially cool how it startes out in D, and then modulates to Bb for the B part, and then it repeats again in G before going back to the A Part in D.
Cane Break according to Fiddler’s Companion
CANE BRAKE . AKA – “Canebreak,” “Canebrake,” “Down in the Canebreak.” Texas-Style, Breakdown. D Major (‘A’ and ‘B’ parts) & B Flat Major (‘C’ part). Standard tuning. ABBC. “Canebreak” has been a popular ‘choice’ tune at modern Western fiddle contests, though often only the first two parts are played (sometimes the ‘A’ part is repeated in the key of G Major as a third part, and the tune is played ABCA). The tune was derived from a two-part classical piece composed by Samuel Gardner entitled “From the Canebrakes” (perhaps recorded by Heifitz on a 78RPM), although fiddle versions have evolved with an added section in ‘G’. The melody was apparently being played at a Texas jam session attended by fiddler Benny Thomasson when the guitar players began playing G Major chords during the piece and Thomasson simply followed them, “creating” the third part. The tune was recorded by Dale Morris (with the third part in G Major). Source for notated version: Argel Walker [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; pg. 29. Dale Morris – “New for 78.”