Yellow Barber reel

Also known as Arthur Berry.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Yellow Barber has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Yellow Barber
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FA2BA2A=c|BAGB AFAg|(3fgf ec dBAG|1 FDEF D2DB,:|2 FDEF D2dB||
ABdc dedc|Acde fded|cdef edcd|edef gfeg|
(3fgf ec dBAd|BAFB ABde|fafe dBAG|1 FDEF D2 AB:|2 FDEF D2DB,||
X: 2
T: Yellow Barber
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D" A,<D A,<D D/B,/|"D" A,/B,/D/E/ F/D/E/D/|"A" A, E E E/F/|"A" G/F/E/G/ "D" F/D/D/E/|
"D" F<A F<A A/A/|"D" B/A/ F A d/e/|"D" f/g/f/e/ d/B/A/G/|1 ."A" F/D/E/C/ "D" D D/B,/:|2 . "A" F/D/E/C/ "D" D d/B/||
|:"D" A<d A<d B/B/|"D" A/B/d/e/ f/d/e/d/|"A" A<e A<e e/f/|"A" g/f/e/g/ "D" f/d/d/e/|
"D" f/g/f/e/ d/B/A/d/|"D" B/A/ F A d/e/|"D" f/g/f/e/ d/B/A/G/|1 ."A" F/D/E/C/ "D" D d/B/:|2 . "A" F/D/ E "D" D D/B,/||

Five comments

Yellow Barber

I thought this popular American Old Time tune should be on the Session database. There are many variations in the way it is played. The version I have submitted is a hybrid. The ‘A’ music is a transcription from the playing of Kate Lissauer. The ‘B’ section is as played by Jere Canote and Bo Bradham because I like the way it sounds with a liberal application of Georgia bowing.
I hope people will add their versions.


Cant say that Ive ever heard it. What oldtime tradition is this tune from?

Yellow Barber

I had heard this before, the midi just wasn’t ringing the bells til I listened to this recording:

From the digital appalachia collection.
There is a lot of information about the tune here:

It seems it is not a common or popular tune at all in oldtime fiddle music, but was mainly known around the KY, WV, OH area.

It’s not one that really tickles my fancy, but I admit that it is a nice tune.

Heartstrings Quartet version

The beautiful version which Heartstrings Quartet play is fast but ingeniously simple enough for community-based folk musicians; Heartstrings Quartet follow it with "Gold Rush"

Re: Yellow Barber

The nicest version I ever heard was by Allan Block of Southern New Hampshire, who gave it his impeccable flow and pure Old-Time style.