Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom reel

Also known as Blackberry Blossoms.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom has been added to 1 tune set.

Garfield's Blackberry Blossom has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"gagf gagf|dcBd "C"cBG2|"G" gagf gagf|d2[B2g2][B2g2] ga|
"D"b2a2 "G"gagf|dcBd "C"cBG2|"G"GDBc "D"d2cB|"G"[G,2D2] GF G4:|
|:"G"[G,2G2] Bc d2 [B2g2]|dcBd "C"cBG2|"G"G2 Bc "D"d2 cB|"G"G2 GF G4|
"G"[G,2G2] Bc d2 [B2g2]|dcBd "C"cBG2|"G"GAGF "D"DCB,C|"G"[G,2D2] GF G4:|
X: 2
T: Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|"G" GABc d2 =f2|"G7" d2 =f2 "D"dcBA|"G" GABc de=fe|"G" dcBd "C"cBG2|
"G" GABc d2 =f2|"G" d2 =f2 "D7"dcBA|"G" GA GF "D"D2D2|"D" DGG^F "G"G2:|
d2|"G" g2 g2 "F"=f2 fe|"G" dcBd "C"cBG2|"G" g2 g2 "F"=fedc|"G" dgga g2 ga|
"G" _bagb "F"ag =f2|"G" dcBd "C"cBG2|"G" GABc "D"dBcA|"D" BGAF "G"G2:|

Six comments

Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom

Another from the fiddles of Eastern Kentucky.
I first learned of this tune at a session where “Blackberry Blossom” (,a different version,) had just been played.
One of the group asked if anyone knew “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom”?
To me, the tune has a modal feel, (even though it doesn’t appear to be,) and played at a more moderate speed with double stops it’s a tune that I’ve trouble letting go of.

Nice one “Roads” - good chords too!

In your comment, you said: “To me, the tune has a modal feel, (even though it doesn’t appear to be)”

Interesting - I thought the same. I was puzzled at first, but on looking at it more closely, I see that it’s actually hexatonic. Although seemingly in bog-standard G-Maj, the sixth note of the scale (E) is missing throughout the tune.

That’s what gives it a “modal” feel.

Ahh, you found the burr under the saddle Mix!
An “E” anywhere in the tune would destroy the feel.
Thanks! 🙂

I love that turn of phrase, Roads: “Burr under the saddle”. You wouldn’t hear an expresion like that on my side of the pond - but I get what you mean!

Many Irish tunes posted here on the session (albeit classified as dorian, mixolydian or whatever) are actually hexatonic - usually with a missing sixth or a missing seventh. It’s interesting to see that this idea has crossed over into old-timey.

P.S. I’ve just posted another old-timey tune - Bill Cheatham. Do you know it?

Bill Cheatum

Aye, Mix. Know the tune well (although spelling is all over the place.)
I tend to think of it more as a Tennessee tune although it’s well known in Kentucky and parts about.
Percy Warner Park in Nashville sponsors a “Full Moon Pickin’ Party” on the last full-moon eve of each Summer month. Pickers get discounted entry and free beer (up to a point.) Almost any group you choose to jam with will play this at some point during the evening.
We play it in A as noted here, with variations, and occasionally in G for Bluegrass jams.