At the end of a long day on the Oregon Trail, the pioneers often played musical instruments, sang, and danced on the prairie beside the covered wagons. Here are some of the tunes mentioned in their diaries, as well as other popular dance tunes of the era, played in old time style on fiddle, guitar, banjo and accordion. Phil and Vivian Williams grew up near the end of the Trail, have known tunes and dances of the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer heritage since childhood, and are founding members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, which was formed to perpetuate the pioneer music of the region. 21 Instrumentals.
THE TUNES: Old Joe Clark, Arkansas Traveler, Buffalo Gals/Oh Susanna, Fishers Hornpipe, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Garryowen/Irish Washerwoman/Pop Goes the Weasel, Richmond Polka, Girl I Left Behind Me, Sourwood Mountain, Buy a Broom, Mississippi Sawyer, Skip to my Lou/Old Dan Tucker, Money Musk, My Love is but a Lassie, Home Sweet Home, Detroit Schottische, Turkey in the Straw.