Indian Ate The Woodchuck barndance

Also known as Black Rock, The Duck Chewed Tobacco, The Duck Chews Tobacco, Gilderoy, Indian Ate A Wood Chuck, Indian Ate A Woodchuck, Indian Ate A Woodcock, Indian Ate A Woodhen, Indian Ate A Woodpecker, Indian Ate The Woodcock, Indian Ate The Woodhen, Indian Ate The Woodpecker, Indian Eat A Woodchuck, Indian Eat A Woodcock, Indian Eat A Woodhen, Indian Eat A Woodpecker, Indian Eat The Woodchuck, Indian Eat The Woodcock, Indian Eat The Woodhen, Indian Eat The Woodpecker, Indian Killed A Woodcock, Indian Killed The Woodcock, The Jolly Beggarman, Nellie On The Shore.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

Indian Ate The Woodchuck has been added to 1 tune set.

Indian Ate The Woodchuck has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Indian Ate The Woodchuck
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: A,2D2 DEFG | AB (3cBA G2FG | A2D2 DE=FD | EDCB, A,B,CB,|A,2D2 DEFG |
AB (3cBA G2 FG |1 AGAB cBAG | F2D2 D2CB,:|2 Adde d^cAG | F2D2 D2AB||
|: c2cd c2Ac |ddcA G2FG | A2D2 DE=FD | EDA,B, C2AB |c2cd c2Ac |
ddcA G2FG |1 AGAB cBAG | F2D2 D2AB:|2 Adde d^cAG | F2D2 D4||
X: 2
T: Indian Ate The Woodchuck
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(EA2)(A A)Bcd|efec d2cd|e2A2 ABcA|(BG)EF G4|(EA2)(A A)Bcd|
efec d2 cd|ea2(b a)ged|c2A2A4:|
|:(g3a g2) ba|gedc d2 (cd)|e2A2 ABcA|BGEF (G4|G) g2a g2 (ba)|gedc d2cd|ea2 (b a)ged|c2A2A4:|
X: 3
T: Indian Ate The Woodchuck
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(fa[Aa)](b af)[Dd]e|(fa)[Ab]a (ba)fe|(fa[Aa)](b af)[Dd]f|
e(df)d (ef)de|(faa)(b af)de|(fa)ba (ba)fe|(faa)(b af)df|1 e(d[Dd]A) d2[D2d2]:|2
e((dd)A) d2 (fe)||[(Dd]B)[DA]F (DE)FA|(Bd)(ef) ~e2d2|(Bd)AF (EF)A2|
(Bc)de f(d[Dd]e)|(dB)[DA]F (DE)FA|(Bd)(ef) e2d2|(Bd)AF (EF)A2 |
(Bc)de f(d [D2d2)]||B2 Bc (BA)(FE|F)(AA)B (AF)D2|{F/G/}A2 AB AF A2 |
(de)fd (ef)dA|B2 Bc (BA)(FE|F)(AA)B (AF)DF|A3A defd|e(d[Dd]A) [D2d2]d2||

Eleven comments

Why not?

I havent posted a tune in a while and some are probably glad of that since I don’t usually post "irish" tunes. But I happened to be putting this into music for someone who only reads music and doesnt play by ear so I thought "why not?"

It is definitely in the Red Haired Bastard family of tunes https://thesession.org/tunes/566
However, the arrangement I posted is everything that I like about traditional tunes. The naturals and sharps of the F’s and C’s give it a wild, natural feeling.

Like most of my tunes, It comes from the USA Allegheny region and up until the 60’s traditional players would often refer to it as "Gilderoy" as well as other names I might add later.

Notice on the "B" part, it doesnt goe back and repeat the initial melodic phrase of the "A" part.

If the great session master Jeremy decides it doesn’t deserve it’s own space here, I understand.

The Name

One thing I found interesting about the name in MD, PA and WV with traditional players born before 1900, the tune was NEVER called "Red Haired Boy."

Welcome back MH, I was actually going to write someone yesterday to ask if they knew where you’d disappeared to… ;-)

Oh yeah, it was you I was going to write… :-/

A Virginia version …

Source for notated version: James H. "Uncle Jim" Chisholm (Greenwood, Albermarle County, Virginia) [Wilkinson]. Wilkinson, Southern Folklore Quarterly, VI, March, 1942; pg. 8.
T:Duck Chewed Tobacco, The
L:1/8
M:2/2
K:D
(EA2)(A A)Bcd|efec d2cd|e2A2 ABcA|(BG)EF G4|(EA2)(A A)Bcd|
efec d2 cd|ea2(b a)ged|c2A2A4:|
|:(g3a g2) ba|gedc d2 (cd)|e2A2 ABcA|BGEF (G4|G) g2a g2 (ba)|gedc d2cd|ea2 (b a)ged|c2A2A4:|

Bruce Molsky and Mozaic

Same name different tune. I see they also recorded Rocky Road to Dublin which could mean several different tunes in the tradition. (USA)

Re: Indian Ate The Woodchuck

Thanks for posting that Khelton! Absolutely delightful. Wish I could get somewhere near that sort of sound. A joy to listen to and watch.

Re: Indian Ate The Woodchuck

That Haas video is a different tune altogether…

Re: Indian Ate The Woodchuck

…sounds kind of Cajun to me.