John P. Williams is a wonderful fiddler from the “Little Dixie” region of North Missouri. This part of the country was strongly influenced by a handful of outstanding fiddlers of the older generation, and many there continue to play this unique style of oldtime. Here John teaches a classic tune “Gilsaw” that he learned from the great Pete McMahan. The source of the tune is not entirely clear, but it is McMahan who gave it a central place in Missouri fiddling.
Gilsaw is a two part tune in the key of D, played out of standard tuning (GDAE) as is common practice in the Midwest. (They’re probably confused why I would even need to make that note!)
As an extra bonus, John filmed his friend and renowned backup guitar player, Kenny Applebee, so guitar players can see his subtle, but driving playing. Few Midwest backup guitar players are better than Kenny, so pay attention.
Here’s Pete McMahan playing Gilsaw