Gary Lee Moore Collection

What can I say about Gary Lee Moore?  This is Texas-style fiddling with a soul.  Much contemporary Texas-style stuff played in contests these days sounds to me like something a robot might play.  Not so with Moore.  I am thrilled to be able to share transcriptions of Moore's playing here on DrFiddle.com.

Originally from Oklahoma, Moore now resides in Washington.  His list of championship wins is impressive:

  • Adult National Champion (Weiser, ID)
  • Senior National Champion (Weiser, ID)
  • North Cascades Senior Champion (Winthrop, WA)
  • North Cascades Open Champion (Winthrop, WA)
  • Northwest Regional Senior Champion (Spokane, WA)
  • Washington State Open Champion (Wenatchee, WA)

His philosophy about fiddling can best be expressed in his own words:

I’ve attended 38 contests here and seen fiddling change.  I miss the old masters because each fiddle player sounded unique. Technical perfection has taken over from fiddling with personal style and soul. I like good fiddle playing, and have played many styles in 50 years. I appreciate creativity and always want to hear the skeleton of the tune. If you think your idea for a lick is cool, play it. I want to hear you play your style with confidence. Don’t just follow the crowd, play something that isn’t the technically perfect hit parade tune. Play it proud, play it well.

(Quote originally published on the website of the Weiser, ID National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest and Festival website )

A veritable treasure trove of Moore's fiddling can be found at the Fiddle Hangout (files are of somewhat low quality and not all files are of Moore).  I strongly encourage you to purchase Moore's CD Uncle Pig.

This collection is complete for the moment, unless and until further recordings is this superlative fiddler become available.  I have transcribed every recording of Moore that I could find.  If you know of any that I have not transcribed, please contact me.

58 tunes found in this collection.

Click on table headers to sort tunes.

Name Type Key Date Added Date Updated
Acorn Hill Breakdown Reel or Breakdown D 2014-02-15 2014-02-15
Acorn Stomp Rag F 2014-05-03 2014-05-03
Alice Blue Gown Waltz C 2014-04-14 2014-04-14
Arthur Smith's Rag Rag G and C 2013-06-25 2013-06-25
Arthur Smith’s Reel Reel or Breakdown D 2014-02-15 2014-02-15
Beaumont Rag Rag F 2014-03-12 2014-03-12
Benny and Bea’s Waltz Waltz G 2014-04-14 2014-04-14
Bill Cheatum Reel or Breakdown A 2014-03-08 2014-03-08
Birdie Reel or Breakdown C 2013-11-16 2013-11-16
Blue Eagle Reel or Breakdown D 2013-11-16 2013-11-16
Boil the Cabbage (Boil Dem Cabbage Down) Reel or Breakdown A 2014-02-15 2014-02-15
Catlettsburg Reel or Breakdown C 2013-06-25 2013-06-25
Choctaw Rag C 2013-08-11 2013-08-11
Cotton Pickin' Rag (Cotton Picker's Drag) Rag B flat 2014-04-26 2014-04-26
Crafton Blues Rag F 2014-04-26 2014-04-26
Cripple Creek Reel or Breakdown A 2014-02-08 2014-02-08
Danced All Night with a Bottle in My Hand Polka G 2014-02-15 2014-02-15
Dixie Rag G 2014-05-03 2014-05-03
Doughboy Rag Rag C 2014-04-26 2014-04-26
Dubree Waltz Waltz F 2014-04-14 2014-04-14
Echoes of the Ozarks Rag D 2014-05-03 2014-05-03
Everybody to the Puncheon Reel or Breakdown D 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Fort Smith Reel or Breakdown G 2014-02-15 2014-02-15
Forty-Nine Cats in the Rain Barrel Reel or Breakdown D 2013-06-25 2013-06-25
Fourteen Days in Georgia Reel or Breakdown C 2014-03-02 2014-03-02
George Booker Reel or Breakdown A 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Heel Fly Reel or Breakdown D 2014-04-18 2014-04-18
Hell Among the Yearlings Reel or Breakdown D 2014-04-18 2014-04-18
Hollow Poplar Reel or Breakdown G 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Honey Boy Reel or Breakdown G 2014-04-18 2014-04-18
Hot Foot Rag C 2014-04-26 2014-04-26
Jack of Diamonds Reel or Breakdown A 2014-04-18 2014-04-18
Jenny on the Railroad (Paddy on the Turnpike) Reel or Breakdown A mixolydian 2014-03-12 2014-03-12
Kill ‘Em Rag D 2014-03-12 2014-03-12
Little Forked Deer, The Reel or Breakdown D and A 2014-04-05 2014-04-05
Lone Star Rag Rag A 2014-04-26 2014-04-26
Luther Lively Reel or Breakdown G and C 2014-04-18 2014-04-18
Mississippi Sawyer Reel or Breakdown D 2014-05-03 2014-05-03
New Broom Reel or Breakdown G 2014-03-02 2014-03-02
Old Grey Mare Come a' Chargin' Out the Wilderness, The Reel or Breakdown A 2014-03-02 2014-03-02
Paddy, Won't You Drink Some Good Old Cider Reel or Breakdown G 2014-03-02 2014-03-02
Rat Cheese (Pike's Peak) Rag C 2013-06-25 2013-06-25
Red Skin Gal (Brown Skin Gal) Rag G 2013-12-28 2013-12-28
Redskin Rag Rag C 2013-07-14 2013-07-14
Rose of My Heart Waltz A 2014-04-14 2014-04-14
Rose of Sharon Waltz G 2014-04-14 2014-04-14
Saint Anne's Reel Reel or Breakdown D 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Scolding Wife Reel or Breakdown C 2014-03-02 2014-03-02
Shannon Waltz Waltz F 2014-05-03 2014-05-03
Shortenin' Bread Reel or Breakdown G 2014-03-02 2014-03-02
Soppin’ the Gravy Reel or Breakdown D 2014-02-15 2014-02-15
Steeley's Rag Rag D 2013-06-25 2013-06-25
Sugar in the Gourd Reel or Breakdown A 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Uncle Pig Rag F 2013-06-05 2013-06-05
Walk Along John with your Paper Collar On Reel or Breakdown G 2013-10-06 2013-10-06
Waynesboro Reel or Breakdown G 2013-06-10 2013-06-10
When I Grow Too Old to Dream Waltz F 2014-04-14 2014-04-14
Whoa Mule, Can't Get the Damn Saddle On! Reel or Breakdown G 2014-04-18 2014-04-18