Voyager Recordings & Publications

Play Me Something Quick and Devilish
Old-Time Fiddlers in Missouri

By Howard Wight Marshall

University of Missouri Press

ISBN 978-0-8262-1994-7

This book is a "must" for anyone interested in traditional fiddling. It is a comprehensive history of the fiddling, and the events which influenced it, from the time of the first Missouri fiddlers to the present. There are lots of photographs and transcription of the tunes on the accompanying CD included with the book. The CD has thirty-nine tracks of fiddlers mentioned in the text, recorded over a period of fifty years. This book in an in-depth study of Missouri fiddling, which was the genesis of the most prevalent and influential fiddle styles heard in the pioneer West and in our region, the Pacific Northwest, to this day. The book contains far more than just biographies of influential Missouri fiddlers. There are many discussions of tunes played by the fiddlers, where they came from, and their social use. There are also discussions of fiddle and fiddle tune history in North America in general, which has had an influence on Missouri fiddling. A much more detailed description of the book can be found in the University of Missouri Press catalog at The book may be ordered directly from the University of Missouri Press and going to the Press's catalog, or by telephone 800-621-2736. The book also may be found at some bookstores and online stores. The list price is only $29.95, with the CD enclosed in a sleeve inside the back cover.

The CD was issued by Voyager Recordings, VRCD 377, in cooperation with Dr. Marshall and the University of Missouri Press. The CD is available only with the book at this time The selections are all field recordings, which help preserve the ambience of the fiddling. Transcriptions of many of the tunes on the CD are contained in the book

Here is a listing of the 39 tracks on the CD: Golden Eagle Hornpipe, George Morris; Electric Hornpipe, George Morris; Leather Britches, Gene Goforth; Devil's Dream, Taylor McBaine; Liverpool Hornpipe, Ed Tharp; Hickory Hornpipe, George Helton; Durang's Hornpipe, Cleo Persinger; Marmaduke's Hornpipe, Jake Hockemeyer; Fisher's Hornpipe, Jake Hockemeyer; Dance Around Molly, Pete McHahan; Flowers of Edinburgh, Art Galbraith; Paddy on the Turnpike, Cyril Stinnett; Spokane Waltz, Emanuel Wood; Adrian's Reel, Fred Stoneking; Bonaparte's Retreat, Bunk Williams; Wake Up Susie, Taylor McBaine; Bill Driver Tune, R. P. Christeson; Coming Down from Denver, Johnny Bruce; Billy in the Lowground, Kelly Jones; Raking the Leaves, Lyman Enloe; Monkey in the Dog Cart, Jim Herd; Valle Winters' Waltz, Lloyd Lalumondier; Ninth of January, Bob Holt; Old Grey Bonnet; Pete McMahan; Rye Straw, Gene Goforth; Louisiana Hornpipe, Geoff Seitz; Oak Ridge Stomp, Nile Wilson; Whistling Rufus, Gary Johnston; Moselle, John Hartford; Arkansas Traveler, Vesta Johnson; Listen to the Mockingbird, Leroy Canaday; Black-Eyed Susie, Cliff Bryan; Lauterbach, Billy Lee; Nine Miles, John White; Martha Campbell, Warren Helton; Isabelle Waltz, Warren Helton; Darling Nelly Gray, Bobby Joe Caldwell; Tennessee Wagner, Charlie Walden.

Following are some examples of music on the CD in mp3 format. Click on the tune title to play.

Golden Eagle Hornpipe - George Morris

Marmaduke's Hornpipe - Jake Hockemeyer

Dance Around Molly - Pete McMahan

Leather Britches - Gene Goforth

Wake Up Susie - Taylor McBaine

Oak Ridge Stomp - Nile Wilson

Black-Eyed Susie - Cliff Bryan


Louisiana Hornpipe - Geoff Seitz

Texas Picnic - Warren Helton

Tennessee Wagner - Charlie Walden