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The Instruments

The Bard Rocks plays numerous stringed instruments and will normally bring several of them with him when he performs. Most are rare; all have a story. Part of the fun of a performance for both singer and audience is hearing and seeing the instruments continually changing.

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Kinnaird 6 string Guitar Goodall 6 string Guitar Weymann 6 stringed parlour guitar Martin D 12-20 12 string guitar 1931 National Duollian resophonic guitar Regal Tiple Weymann 5 string banjo Orpheum Banjo Mandolin Epiphone Mandolin Young Autoharp

Requests from his Repertoire

Want to make a request at a concert? Here are about 600 songs that The Bard Rocks sings regularly. He knows plenty more but couldn’t think of them when this was written. In general, if you don’ t know know who wrote or played it, he may know it. Another rule of thumb: he stopped listening to popular music about 1960. If you want to hear something written after then, well, good luck. And, no, these are not all memorized. Thank God for music stands.

BLUES & RAGTIME
  • Ain't No Mo' Cane
  • Alabama Bound
  • Alberta, Let Your Hair Hang Low
  • Another Man Done Gone
  • Avalon
  • Baby, Please Don't Go
  • Backwater Blues
  • Betty & Dupree
  • Big Leg Blues
  • Black Girl
  • Bourgeois Blues
  • Charlie Green, Play that Thing
  • Cherry Ball Blues
  • Chilly Winds
  • Coffee Blues
  • Corrina, Corrina
  • Cypress Grove Blues
  • Deep Elem Blues
  • Duncan & Brady
  • Easy Rider
  • Empty Bed Blues
  • Evil-Heated Man
  • Green Corn
  • Hey, Hey Daddy
  • Hey, Hey Honey
  • I Know You Rider
  • I'm Satisfied
  • I Wonder When I'll Ever Be Called a Man
  • Louis Collins
  • My Creole Belle
  • Nobody's Dirty Business
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out
  • Number 12 Train
  • Old Man, Will Your Dog Catch a Rabbit?
  • Pay Day
  • Rambling on my Mind
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Saint James Infirmary
  • Richland Woman
  • Rock Island Line
  • Spike Driver Blues
  • Sporting Life Blues
  • Sugar Babe, It's All Over Now
  • Titanic
  • Trouble in Mind
  • Wandering
  • Weave Room Blues
  • Weeping Willow
COUNTRY
  • Back on My Mind Again
  • Big Iron
  • Blues Stay Away from Me
  • Born to Lose
  • A Boy Named Sue
  • City of New Orleans
  • Divorce Me COD
  • England Swings
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • For the Good Times
  • From a Jack to a King
  • Green, Green Grass of Home
  • Heartaches By the Number
  • Help Me Make It Through the Night
  • I'm Going to Hire a Wino
  • I Still Miss Someone
  • I Walk the LIne
  • Just a Little Loving
  • Kiss an Angel Good Morning
  • Me & Bobby McGhee
  • Milk Cow Blues
  • Mississippi Squirrel
  • One Piece at a Time
  • Rambling Rose
  • Rose of San Antoine
  • San Antonio Stroll
  • Satisfied Mind
  • Silver Threads & Golden Needles
  • Six Days on the Road
  • Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
  • Walking the Floor Over You
  • Walk On By
  • When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
  • You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd
FOLK SCARE OF THE '60's
  • All My Sorrows
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Banua
  • Big John
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Chase the Rising Sun
  • Cottonfields
  • Country Roads
  • Dark as a Dungeon
  • Delia
  • Done Laid Around
  • Everglades
  • Four Strong Winds
  • Green, Green
  • Gypsy Rover
  • Hard Traveling
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • I Bawled
  • I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
  • I Know Where I'm Going
  • Ira Hayes
  • Jamaica Farewell
  • Jet Plane
  • King of the Road
  • Kisses Sweeter than Wine
  • Lemon Tree
  • Marianne
  • Mary Ann Regrets
  • Merry Minuet
  • Mighty Day
  • M.T.A.
  • Nine Hundred Miles
  • Poor Howard
  • Railroading on the Great Divide
  • Reuben James
  • Round the Bay of Mexico
  • Running Bear
  • Scarborough Fair
  • The Seine
  • Sloop John B
  • So Long, It's Been Good...
  • Stewball
  • There's Plenty of Gold
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down
  • Tom Dooley
  • Wolverton Mountain
FOR KIDS
  • The Cat Came Back
  • Cocaine Blues
  • Father's Whiskers
  • Foolish Frog
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Horse Named Bill
  • Jinny Jenkins
  • Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
  • Rex, the Piddling Pup
  • The Thing
  • They're Laying Eggs Now
  • This Little Light of Mine/Do Lord
  • When I First Came to This Land
  • Would You Like to Swing on a Star?
GOOD TIME
  • All Worn Out
  • Bill Bailey
  • Diddie Wa Diddie
  • Get Thee Behind Me, Satan
  • Mercury Blues
  • The Panic is On
  • Put it on the Ground
  • San Francisco Bay Blues
  • Shake it and Break it
  • Take Your Fingers Off It
  • There Was Quite a Party
  • Walk Right In
  • Willie the Weeper
  • You Can't Get that Stuff No More
  • You Will Eat Bye and Bye
GOSPEL
  • Ain't You Glad
  • Amazing Grace
  • Angel Band
  • Deep Settled Peace
  • Don't You Hear Jerusalem Mourn?
  • Farther Along
  • Hark of All
  • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  • Hold On
  • How Can I Keep from Singing?
  • I Am a Pilgrim
  • I Can't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  • Life is Like a Mountain Railroad
  • Motherless Children
  • My Lord, What a Morning
  • Nobody Know the Trouble I've Seen
  • Oh Mary, Don't You Weep
  • Oh Sinner Man
  • Old Rugged Cross
  • One More River
  • Palms of Victory
  • Peace in the Valley
  • Paul & Silas
  • Precious Lord, Take my Hand
  • Rank Stranger
  • Rock Me Lord
  • S.A.V.E.D.
  • Standing in the Need of Prayer
  • Turn Your Radio On
  • Twelve Gates to the City
  • Wade in the Water
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • We Shall Walk Through the Valley
  • When the Saints Go Marching In
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken
GREAT HITS OF THE 1600's
  • Barbry Allen (Child 84)
  • Cruel Mother (Child 20)
  • Earl Brand (Child 7)
  • The Devil and the Farmer's Wife
  • Down in Carlisle
  • Fair Ellender (Child 43)
  • Golden Vanity (Child 286)
  • Gypsy Davey
  • Henry Martin (Child 250)
  • House Carpenter (Child 243)
  • Johnson Jinkson
  • Mary Hamilton
  • Matty Groves (Child 81)
  • Newlyn Town
  • Queen Jane (Child 170)
  • Raggle Taggle Gypsies
  • Rake & Rambling Boy
  • Variation on an Old English Theme
  • When First Unto this Country
  • Young Behan (Child 53)
GROUP
  • Ain't She Sweet/Five Foot Two
  • Alabama Jubilee
  • Bring Me a Little Water Silvy
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky
  • Golden Slippers
  • Grandfather's Clock
  • Home on the Range
  • Hobo's Lullaby
  • Irene
  • Just Because
  • Mail Myself to You
  • Midnight Special
  • Mocking Bird Hill
  • Over the Water to Charlie
  • Rise and Shine
  • Sixteen Tons
  • Streets of Laredo
  • Tell Old Bill
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • There is a Tavern in the Town
  • Those Were the Days
  • Wabash Cannonball
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • We'll Sing in the Sunshine
  • You Are My Sunshine
HANK WILLIAMS
  • Cold, Cold Heart
  • Hey, Good Looking
  • A House Without Love
  • Honky Tonkin'
  • I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • I Saw the Light
  • Jambalaya
  • Lost Highway
  • Lovesick Blues
  • My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
  • My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
  • Pan American
  • Rambling Man
  • You're Gonna Change
  • You Win Again
  • Your Cheating Heart
HISTORICAL/REGIONAL
  • Ballad of Aimee McPherson
  • Barbry Allen (Child 84)
  • Blue Mountain Lake
  • Bonnie Heilin' Laddie (Erie Canal Version)
  • Bowery Grenadiers
  • Bright Mohawk Valley
  • The Chickens Grow Tall
  • Erie Canal
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Hudson River Steamboat
  • In Tarrytown
  • I've Got a Mule, Her Name is Sal
  • Jay Gould's Daughter
  • Just Before the Battle, Mother
  • Milk ‘Em in the Morning Blues
  • My Dirty Stream
  • No More Booze
  • The Orphan Girl
  • The People Are Scratching
  • Rainbow's End
  • Springfield Mountain
  • Tenting Tonight
  • White House Blues
HUMOR
  • Ah Woe, Ah Me
  • Ain't Gonna Rain No More
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Army Life
  • Away with Rum
  • Birmingham Bull
  • Blest Be the Tie that Binds
  • A Capital Ship
  • Days of ‘49
  • The Devil & the Farmer's Wife
  • Doctor Freud
  • Dying Hobo
  • Foolish Questions
  • Five Constipated Men
  • Four Nights Drunk
  • Frogg
  • Get Up & Go
  • Grandma's in the Cellar
  • Horses Run Around
  • Housewife's Lament
  • Humoresque
  • Hungry Hash House
  • I'm My Own Grandpa
  • In Heaven There is No Beer
  • It Does Not Pay to Be Hip
  • I Was Born About 10000 Years Ago
  • Life Gets Teejus, Don't It?
  • Logger Lover
  • Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Merry Minuet
  • Miller's Will
  • Mrs. Murphy's Chowder
  • My Oklahoma Home
  • Other Side of Jordan
  • Pig & the Inebriate
  • Plastic Jesus
  • Portland County Jail
  • Raw Recruit
  • Red Light Saloon
  • Rickety Tickety Tin
  • Seven Old Ladies
  • Talking Hard Luck
  • Teterboro Tower
  • Thais
  • There Once Was a Young Man Who Went to the City
  • They Go Wild Over Me
  • Tom Cat Blues
  • To Morrow
  • Trinity Cake
  • Uncle Harvey's Airplane
  • Variation on an Old English Theme
  • Vassar Hygiene Song
  • Whistle, Daughter, Whistle
  • Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?
  • Wild West Show
  • Zebra Dun
INSTRUMENTAL
  • Blackberry Bramble
  • Danny Boy
  • East Tennessee Blues
  • Fisher's Hornpipe
  • Freight Train
  • Golden Slippers
  • Grandfather's Clock
  • Harvest Home
  • Haste to the Wedding
  • The Pinky Rag
  • Red-Haired Boy
  • Red Wing
  • Salt River
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Spanish motif/Hava Nagila
  • Staten Island
  • Tzena, Tzena
  • untitled
  • Wildwood Flower
IRISH
  • All for Me Grog
  • Black Velvet Band
  • Card Song
  • Carlton Weaver
  • Carrickfergus
  • The Cobbler
  • Danny Boy
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Galway Shawl
  • Gypsy Rover
  • Holy Ground
  • Home, Boys, Home
  • Isn't It Grand, Boys?
  • Katy Cruel
  • Kevin Barry
  • Kilgary Mountain
  • Leaving of Liverpool
  • Little Beggerman
  • Lord Nelson
  • The Mermaid
  • Mountains of Mourne
  • Mrs. McGrath
  • New South Wales
  • Off to Sea Once More
  • Ould Triangle
  • Sick Excuse
  • The Praties, They Grow Small
  • Real Old Mountain Dew
  • Roddy McCorley
  • Sam Hall
  • They're Moving Father's Grave
  • Trinity Cake
  • Wild Rover
  • Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?
  • Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies
JIMMIE ROGERS
  • Any Old Time
  • Everybody Does it in Hawaii
  • Hobo Bill
  • Hobo's Meditation
  • In the Jailhouse Now
  • Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues
  • Jimmies Texas Blues
  • Mississippi River Blues
  • Miss the Mississippi & You
  • Mule Skinner Blues
  • My Rough and Rowdy Ways
  • My Carolina Sunshine Girl
  • Never No Mo' Blues
  • Peach Picking Time in Georgia
  • Roll Along Kentucky Moon
  • T for Texas
  • Women Made a Fool out of Me
  • Why Should I Be Lonely?
OLD TIMEY & BLUEGRASS
  • Asheville Junction
  • Bald-Headed End of a Broom
  • Baltimore Fire
  • Barney McCoy
  • Beautiful Brown Eyes
  • Beans, Bacon & Gravy
  • Be Home Early
  • That Bloody War
  • Bluebirds Are Singing for Me
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
  • Bowling Green
  • Brown's Ferry Blues
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  • Charles Guiteau
  • Chittlin Cooking Time in Cheatam County
  • Claud Allen
  • Common Bill
  • Coney Isle
  • Coo Coo Bird
  • Deep River Blues/Brown Ferry Blues
  • Doing My Time
  • Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
  • Everyday Dirt
  • East Virginia
  • Eight More Miles to Louisville
  • Faded Coat of Blue
  • Footprints in the Snow
  • For Bales
  • Gimme Back My 15 Cents
  • Gold Watch & Chain
  • Handsome Molly
  • High on a Mountain
  • Home, Dearie, Home
  • In Bed with the Major
  • I Am a Jolly Farmer
  • I Truly Understand
  • I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home
  • Jimmie Brown the Newsboy
  • Johnny & Jane
  • Johnson Boys
  • Jubilo
  • Keep on the Sunny Side
  • Kenny Wagner's Surrender
  • Kentucky Bootlegger
  • Leaving Home
  • Likes Likker Better than Me
  • Lily of the West
  • Little Darling, Pal of Mine
  • Little Maggie
  • Long Journey Home
  • Long Lonesome Road
  • Man of Constant Sorrow
  • Mighty Mississippi
  • Milwaukee Blues
  • Miner's Child's Dream
  • Mole in the Ground
  • Mountain Dew
  • My Name is Morgan (But It Ain't JP)
  • Naomi Wise
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • No Depression in Heaven
  • Oh, Babe, It Ain't No Lie
  • Oh Death
  • Old Blue
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Old Slew Foot
  • On the Banks of the Don
  • Otto Wood
  • Preacher and the Bear
  • Pretty Fair Maid
  • Rake & Rambling Boy
  • Ranger's Command
  • Red Apple Juice
  • Rueben's Train
  • Rueben
  • Rocky Top
  • Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  • Rose Connally (Willow Garden)
  • Sadie
  • Sail Away Ladies
  • Sally, Let Your Bangs Hang Down
  • Salty Dog
  • Shady Grove
  • Silver Dagger
  • Sitting on Top of the World
  • Skillet Good & Greasy
  • Someday, We'll Meet Again, Sweetheart
  • Stagolee
  • Stern Old Bachelor
  • Sweet Sunny South
  • That Bloody War (Battleship of Maine)
  • Tom Cat Blues
  • Tragic Romance
  • True & Trembling Brakeman
  • When First Unto This Country
  • Where is My Sailor Boy
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Willie Moore
  • Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls?
  • Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
  • Wish I'd Bought Me a Half Pint (& Stayed in the Wagon Yard)
  • You Are My Flower
  • Young Behan
OTHER COUNTRIES
  • Cruel Mother (Child 20)
  • Earl Brand (Child 7)
  • Fair Ellender (Child 43)
  • Henry Martin (Child 250)
  • Mary Hamilton
  • Matty Groves (Child 81)
  • Peggy -O (Fenario)
  • Queen Jane (Child 170)
  • Shalom Chaverim
  • Si Mi Quieres Escribir
  • Suliram
  • Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
  • Waltzing Matilda
OWNSELF
  • Ballad of Martha Stewart
  • Caving Bare
  • Darkness Seeps in My Soul
  • Grandma's in the Cellar
  • Hold Your Elbows Down
  • I Don't Know Where it's Gone
  • Pat & Mike's Fight
  • Rainbow's End
  • The Sex-Link Layers
  • That Old Guitar
  • Them Poems
  • The Stranger
  • The Way Back Home
  • Where Did Love Go?
QUIET
  • Abilene
  • Across the Western Ocean
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
  • Aura Lee
  • Blow the Candles Out
  • Bunch of Thyme
  • Butcher Boy
  • Colorado Trail
  • Come All You Fair & Tender Ladies
  • Copper Kettle
  • Dying Cowboy
  • Every Night When the Sun Goes In
  • Flowers of Peace
  • Handsome Molly
  • He's Gone Away
  • I Once Loved a Lass
  • In Tarrytown
  • It Was a Very Good Year
  • Kentucky Moonshiner
  • Love is Teasing
  • Lowlands
  • Lorena
  • Make Me a Pallet on the Floor
  • Mary Ann
  • Pretty Saro
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • Shenandoah
  • Spanish is the Loving Tongue
  • Summer Time
  • Tell Old Bill
  • Times A'Getting Hard, Boys
  • Wandering
  • Water is Wide
  • Winds of Morning
  • You're My Best Friend
THE SEA
  • A-Roving
  • Blood Red Roses
  • Bonnie Heilin' Laddie
  • Bonnie Ship the Diamond
  • Bullgine Run
  • Chicken on a Raft
  • Drunken Sailor
  • The Fireship
  • Golden Vanity (Child 286)
  • Grey Funnel Line
  • Haul Away Joe
  • Henry Martin (Child 250)
  • Roll, Alabama, Roll
  • Roll the Woodpile Down
  • Run Come See Jerusalem
  • South Australia
  • Survivor Leave
SONGWRITER
  • Across the Great Divide
  • Aragon Mill
  • Banks of Marble
  • Cement Octopus
  • City of New Orleans
  • Dark as a Dungeon
  • Devil Woman
  • Don't Think Twice
  • Early Morning Rain
  • Four Strong Winds
  • Green Fields
  • Grey Funnel Line
  • Hard Times
  • I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
  • If Today Were Not an Endless Highway
  • Ira Hayes
  • Jet Plane
  • Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  • Monongahela Sal
  • Paradise
  • A Place in the Choir
  • The Pill
  • Rambling Boy
  • Roseville Fair
  • Seventy Miles
  • Sixteen Tons
  • Springhill Disaster
  • Sweet Song from Yesterday
  • Tennessee Flat Top Box
  • Tennessee Stud
  • That's What You Get for Loving Me
  • The Unicorn
  • Time Has Made a Change in Me
  • What Have They Done to the Rain?
  • Winds of Morning
WESTERN
  • Back in the Saddle Again
  • Cattle Call
  • Colorado Trail
  • Cowboy's Sweetheart
  • Don't Fence Me In
  • Dude Ranch Cowhands
  • Dying Cowboy
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky
  • Home on the Range
  • I Only Want a Buddy Not a Sweetheart
  • I've Got Spurs (That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle)
  • Little Joe the Wrangler
  • My Oklahoma Home
  • Oklahoma Hills
  • Pistol Packing Mama
  • Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine
  • Sioux City Sue
  • Strawberry Roan
  • Streets of Laredo
  • The Tenderfoot
  • Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  • Zebra Dun
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