Old Joe Clark is an American fiddle tune, a mountain ballad. Joe Clark was a mountaineer who lived in Clay County, Kentucky in the 19th century. The lyrics tell us more about him. Part of the lyrics go as follows:
Old Joe Clarke the preacher’s son
Preached all over the plain
The only text he ever used
Was high low jack and the game
I went down to old Joe’s house
Never been there before
He slept on the feather bed
And I slept on the floor
But in fact, this tune has been sung with different verses. It’s well known in America and was sung by soldiers during World War I. More info about this fiddle tune can be found here.
My recording of Old Joe Clark
The version that I’ve recorded is an arrangement by Loralyn Staples and André van Harem. I like this arrangement because it comes with piano accompaniment and of course that’s always more fun than playing solo.
By the way, this is the first time I’ve used Wondershare Video Editor to edit my recording. Hope you like the intro and end slide I’ve added. It was also great to be able to mix the video and piano accompaniment together with this program. So, I keep learning, and then I’m not just talking about playing the violin!