Like the last tune I submitted (Bunch of Chickens), this one is from Indiana, composed by Fred Weaver, a fiddler from Gas City who was a friend of John W (Dick) Summers, whose playing ‘Bunch of Chickens’ came from. Fred Weaver named the tune after the Salamonie River which is a tributary of the Wabash River, and runs about 20 miles from Gas City. A dam was formed near to where it meets the Wabash River, to form Salamonie Lake.
This setting is based on the one recorded by Rodney Miller, the fiddler from New England, who called it ‘Salimony Waltz’ and recorded it on his album ‘Airplang’. It was very popular in the Northern Isles of Scotland in the 80s, due to that record, and some of the variations no doubt have come to me from hearing it played up north.
Fred Weaver’s original setting is quite different, as you can see from this transcription by Joel Shimberg, who recorded both Weaver and Summers in Marion, Indiana, in the 70s.
F2A2 A>B|A2F2D2|B2 G2 D2|G,4 DE|FA3 A>B|A2 F2 D2|
E4 EF|E2-(3E F ED2|F2A2 A>B|A2 F2 D2|B2 G2 D2|G,4zf|
f3 edB|A2F2A2|G2F2E2|D6::f3 efg|a2f2d2|
c3 d c B|A3zAB|c3 Bcd|e2f2g2|f2d2B2|A4z2|
Again, I’ve written it out in full, without using repeat marks, as it suits the variations each time round.