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The Cuckoo, trad. Our version is inspired by playing of Doc Watson and Clarence Tom Ashley. Fiddle: GDAE Banjo: aEADE

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Oh the cuckoo she’s a pretty bird
And she warbles as she flies
She never hollers coo-coo
'Til the fourth day of July

Oh the cuckoo she’s a pretty bird
How I wish that she were mine
She’d never drink water
She’d only drink wine

Well I've played cards in Texas
And I've played cards in Maine
I'll bet you ten dollars
I'll beat you at your game

Jack of diamonds, Jack of diamonds
Oh I know you of old
You’ve robbed my poor pockets
Of my silver and my gold

Gonna build me a log cabin
On a mountain so high
So I can see my Willie
As he goes riding by

Oh the cuckoo she’s a pretty bird
And she warbles as she flies
She never hollers coo-coo
'Til the fourth day of July

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from .​.​.​because we ARE, released December 18, 2015
Brooke Lauer: vocals, banjo
Lucy Allen: vocals, guitar
Amy Buckingham: vocals, fiddle
Nancy Hamilton: bass

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The Battleaxe Band Greenville, South Carolina

The Battleaxe Band is an all-female string band based out of Upstate South Carolina. Members include Amy Buckingham on fiddle and guitar, Lucy Allen on guitar, Brooke Lauer on banjo, and Nancy Hamilton on upright bass. The band loves to play hard-driving Old-Time dance tunes as well as singer-songwriter songs. The Battleaxes, are best known for their powerful vocal harmonies. ... more

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