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Stewart Carmichael

Stewart Carmichael

Stewart Allan Carmichael was born May 6, 1899 in Chippewa Township, Mecosta County, Michigan. He played old-time, Michigan-style, dance fiddle for 85 years, from age 7 until his death in 1990 at age 91. In the summer of 1926, Stewart recalled playing for 94 dances. Stewart attended Jep Bisbee's dances in Paris, Michigan and played for the dancing when Bisbee needed a break.

Stewart's unique repertoire covers a span of time that few people are privileged to experience. Stewart was performing and playing "old-time" music before many of our modern "old-time" tunes were even written, giving one a fresh perspective on "old-time".

The small portion of Stewart's repertoire that has been preserved on tape recordings includes tunes taken from old-time quadrilles, popular square dance tunes, singing calls, two-steps and waltzes, as well as a few hymns.

The 2nd edition (2014) of the Stewart Carmichael - Michigan Fiddler tune book is the first edition that has been made available to the general public. Its 70 pages contain Stewart's self-penned biography, his recollection of the origin of the Original Michigan Fiddlers Association, unique family photos, anecdotes from family and friends and 64 tunes from Stewart's repertoire in standard notation with chords. The tunes include old-time favorites, popular tunes from the early 20th century and several tunes that have no name or were referred to only by the calls of the square dance which they were used to accompany.

The tunes in the Stewart Carmichael - Michigan Fiddler tune book are:

Andantino (Moonlight & Roses)
Arkansas Traveler, The
Around That Couple And Take A Peek
Buffalo Gals
Casey Jones
Change The Green Laurels
Clifford Sparks' Quadrille
Darktown Strutter's Ball
Darling Nellie Gray
Devil's Dream
Dixie Darlings
Form A Star With A Right Hand 'Cross
Forward & Back, Right & Left Through
Gilroy - Dosey Balinet
Girl I Left Behind Me, The
Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself
Golden Slippers
Good First Change
Good First Change #2
Goodnight, Ladies
Home On The Range
Home, Sweet Home
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
In The Garden
Irish Washerwoman, The
Jenny Lind Polka
Kingdom Come
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Life On The Ocean Wave
Marching Through Georgia
Miss McLeod's Reel
Missouri Waltz
My Love Is But A Lassie
My Wild Irish Rose
Old First Change
Old Rugged Cross, The
On The Road To Boston
Over the Waves
Pop Goes The Weasel
Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
Red River Valley
Red Wing
Roll 'em Girls, Roll 'em
Rye Waltz
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That Tumble-Down Shack In Athlone
There Is A Tavern In The Town
Till We Meet Again
Turkey in the Straw
Unknown #1
Unknown #2
Unknown #3
Unknown #4
Unknown #5
Unknown #6
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
When You And I Were Young, Maggie
Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Wilson's Clog
Yellow Rose of Texas, The

Stewart Carmichael tunebook cover