Wow, 59 days of a fiddle tune every day. That really sounds like a lot. And, I’m almost 20% of the way done. The first time I heard Spider Bit the Baby, I was 11 years old at the Winfield, KS fiddle contest (at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival). If I remember correctly, Billy Ward won the contest, and he played Spider Bit the Baby as his breakdown. I heard Billly play it at other contests, but I didn’t learn it, until I heard it on the Dale Morris Album, Old Time Fiddlin’ New for ’78.
The slide up to an E with the 4th finger kind of gives a sound like a baby howling, which is always fun. I was hoping for lyrics, or something fun but the information is pretty limited.
Get the sheet music to Spider Bit the Baby here
Learn to play this tune on fiddle here
Spider Bit The Baby according to Fiddler’s Companion
SPIDER BIT THE BABY. Old-Time, Breakdown. C Major. From fiddler Kenny Baker.