Blackberry Blossom (tune)
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The tune has been added to over 250 tune books. The tune became popular as recorded by Fiddlin' Arthur Smith. That version, according to Alan Jabbour, supplanted an earlier tune played by Sanford Kelly from Morgan County, which is now represented by the tune "Yew Piney Mountain".  It is also called "Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom", perhaps to distinguish it from the earlier version. Contradicting Jabbour, who clearly distinguishes the earlier version, is the account of Andrew Kuntz to the effect that "Betty Vornbrock and others have noted a similarity between 'Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom' and the West Virginia tune 'Yew Piney Mountain', a variant ... also played by Kentucky fiddlers J.P. Fraley and Santford Kelly". Alan Snyder gives an alternate name of "Strawberry Beds".
In Celtic music
This is a partial list of covers by Irish musicians and bands.
- An Fhidil, Sraith 2 by Sean Keane, Kevin Burke, Paddy Glackin And Seamus Creagh
- Ireland's Best Session Tunes CD 1 by Waltons Recording
- Irish Dances by Various Artists
- Top Of Coom by Conal Ó'Gráda
- Traditional Irish Dance Music by All Star Ceilidhe Band
- Traditional Irish Dance Music: All Star Ceili Band by Joe Derrane
- Traditional Irish Music by William Sullivan
- Traditional Irish Tunes Played On The Tin Whistle (1/2) by Geraldine Cotter
- Traditional Music Of Ireland by Various Artists
- Natalie MacMaster in Four on the Floor(cassette)
According to Devon Wells, Blackberry Blossom, as a banjo tune, was brought to the public's attention as one of the earliest arrangements of Bill Keith. Wells, a bluegrass teacher, asserts that the tune is a standard in the bluegrass banjo repertoire. Some of the older recordings archived at the Digital Library of Appalachia include:
- Davenport, Clyde
- Fiddle tune played by Clyde Davenport at the Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music on 11-03-84
- Rawlings, Carlton
- Fiddle tune played by Carlton Rawlings and recorded by John Harrod in Bath County, Kentucky [1970s].
Like most fiddle tunes, Blackberry Blossom has an A part and a B part. In Arthur Smith's 1935 version, the A part is in the key of G Major, with C and D chords in the second half of the part; the B part introduces an E major chord, making for a rather unusual mood shift.
Later recorded versions changed the harmonic structure of this tune radically, introducing additional chord changes (substitutions based on the melody line) in the A part, and alternating E minor and B7 in the B part. The key of E minor is the relative minor of the key of G Major - it uses the same sharps and flats but its modal center is E rather than G. This makes for a more "standard" harmonic structure.
Melodically,  according to Anthony, "The note played on the 1st & 3rd beat of the first 2 measures are the first 4 notes of the descending scale of G. Each of these notes is the beginning of a 3-note run, returning to this base note, before moving on to the next note in the G scale. "
- Sheet music for Blackberry Blossom PDF
Fiddle and Guitar
Fiddle Guitar and Banjo 
- Website of Sean Ray|http://seanray.com/2010/blackberry-blossom-2/
- Building a Traditional Tune Repertoire|Wendy Anthony |http://archive.mandolinsessions.com/jun08/Anthony.html
- The Sessions
- ref name=DLA-Dickerson|played by Emma Lee Dickerson and| recorded by= Barbara Kunkle |date recorded=2-9-74|Greenup County, Kentucky|performer=Dickerson, Emma Lee|Place=Greenup County, Kentucky|Original Format=Reel-To-Reel Audio Tape|Holding Library|Berea College |"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- ref name=The Session|Online resource|Jeremy, Administrator|http://www.thesession.org/tunes/display/1365
- Note: As an E minor tune. He ends the tune "that's the way that God made peace".|http://www.aca-dla.org/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/Berea43&CISOPTR=3533&filename=3534.mp3
- ref name=Jabbour BBB Transcript|cited=Wikiversity Ethnography of Fiddle|Fiddle tune played by Alan Jabbour at Berea College on 5-28-08, while participating in Berea's Appalachian Music Fellowship Program.c; Jabbour, Alan; Blackberry Blossom;
- Blackberry Blossom|Lecture and performance by Alan Jabbour|Madison County, Kentucky|Audio Compact Disc|On web Digital Library of Appallachia| Archives, Hutchins Library, Department of Special Collections & Archives.
- ref name=Kuntz|The Fiddler’s Companion|Andrew Kuntz|1996[?]|Citing Jean Thomas's Ballad Makin' in the Mountains of Kentucky|http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/BLACK.htm#BLACKBERRY_BLOSSOM_
- ref name=Alan Snyder|Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index| http://www.cbfiddle.com/rx/tunesearch.cgi?search=Blackberry+Blossom
- Note: The Digital Library of Appallachia has recordings primarily from Kentucky. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- "Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings". Cbfiddle.com. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
- Saturday, April 2, 2011| Exploring Blackberry Blossom|Website of Devon Wells|Devon's Banjo Homepage|http://banjohomeplace.blogspot.com/2011/04/exploring-blackberry-blossom-part-i_02.html
- (Fiddle) Fiddle Tune a Day|instrumentation=(fiddle)|http://www.vithefiddler.com/blackberry-blossom-fiddle-tune-a-day-day-312/
- Doc and the Lady (Fiddle and Flatpick Guitar)Operation Smile concert|instrumentation=(fiddle and guitar)|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXdhej_q7sg&feature=related
- Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association in Spokane Washington. Every month the INBA has what they call a Bluegrass Thang
- album =Markology|label= Rounder| Released: 24 Jul 2007| url=|http://www.last.fm/music/Mark+O%27Connor/Markology
- Carrie Rodriguez performing live at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, NY on January 3, 2008. Playing with Carrie are her band members Hans Holzen and Javier Vercher.|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifAlMxMsckE&feature=related
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