Cluck Old Hen

"Cluck Old Hen" is a popular Appalachian fiddle and banjo tune in the mixolydian or dorian mode (as in the score below which is in A dorian). It is played either as an instrumental or with lyrics, which vary from one version to another. One of the earliest reported transcriptions of the tune dates from 1886.[1] The earliest recording is attributed to Fiddlin' John Carson, in 1923.





  1. ^ Yates, Mike. "Far in the Mountains : Volumes 1 & 2 of Mike Yates' 1979-83 Appalachian Collection". Musical Traditions. Retrieved 29 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Brody, David (1983). The Fiddler's Fake Book. New York: Oak Publications. p. 70. ISBN 0-8256-0238-6.

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Old time music