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Examples of Contest Tunes

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

At CSOTFA contests, fiddle contestants play three tunes, one from each of these categories: Hoedown, Waltz, and Tune of Choice. Here are some examples of tunes from each category. This is only a sampling of the many tunes you may hear at a fiddle contest.


Ace of Spades

Angeline the Baker

Arkansas Traveler

Big Taters in the Sandy Land

Bill Cheatum

Billy in the Low Ground

Blackberry Blossom

Boil the Cabbage

Bonaparte's Retreat


Buffalo Gals

Cattle in the Cane

Cherokee Shuffle

Chicken Reel

Chinese Breakdown


Cold Frosty Morning

Cotton-Eyed Joe

Cripple Creek

Crooked Stovepipe

Cuckoo's Nest

Devil's Dream

Down Yonder

Durang's Hornpipe

Dusty Miller

Eighth of January

Fisher's Hornpipe

Flop-Eared Mule

Flowers of Edinburgh

49 Cats in a Rain Barrel

Forked Deer

Girl I left Behind Me

Golden Slippers

Grey Eagle

June Apple

Joys of Quebec

Leather Britches


Liza Jane

Marching Through Georgia

Mississippi Sawyer

Old Joe Clark

Rabbit, Where's Your Mama?


Ragtime Annie

Red-Haired Boy

Sally Anne

Sally Goodin'

Sally Johnson

Salt Creek

Say Old Man

Shortenin' Bread

Snow Deer

Soldier's Joy

Soppin' the Gravy

Spotted Pony

St. Anne's Reel

Temperance Reel

Tom and Jerry

Turkey in the Straw


Whiskey Before Breakfast


Amazing Grace


Annie Laurie

Arran Boat Song

Ashokan Farewell

Azalea's Waltz

Benny and Bea's

Black Velvet

Blue River Waltz

Chancellor's Waltz

Cherry Orchard

Clayhole Waltz

Country Waltz

Doc Harris Waltz

Down Home

Down in the Valley

Dreamer's Waltz


Festival Waltz


Golden Anniversary Waltz

Goodnight Waltz

Grand Valley Waltz

Gypsy Waltz

Josephine's Waltz

Kentucky Waltz

Lonesome Moonlight

Lover's Waltz

Margaret's Waltz

Martin's Waltz

Memories Waltz

Midnight on the Water

Missouri Waltz

Ook Pik

Old French Waltz

Old South Waltz

Peek-a-Boo Waltz

Red Fox

Rose of Avonmore

Roxanna's Waltz

Saturday Night Waltz

Star of the County Down

Sweetheart Waltz

Tennessee Waltz

Waltz Across Texas

Wednesday Night Waltz



Tunes of Choice:

Allentown Polka

Beaumont Rag

Big Sciota

Black and White Rag

Bonaparte's Retreat

Camptown Races

Cotton Patch Rag

Crafton's Blues

Danny Boy

Dill Pickle Rag

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

Down Yonder

Draggin' the Bow

Drowsy Maggie

Done Gone

Faded Love

Florida Blues

Five Foot Two

Flowers of Edinburgh

Going Places

Golden Slippers

Grandfather's Clock

Haste to the Wedding

Heel and Toe Polka

Hot Foot

I Don't Love Nobody

Irish Washerwoman

Jerusalem Ridge

Jenny Lind Polka

Jesse Polka

John Ryan's Polka

Little Rock Getaway


Lonesome Fiddle Blues

Maple Sugar

Milk Cow Blues

Off to California

Oh, Susanna

Over the Waterfall

Party with the Old Folks

Peacock Rag

Pig Ankle Rag

Red Apple Rag

Red Wing

Red River Valley

Rocky Top

Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms

Rubber Dolly

San Antonio Rose

Swallowtail Jig

Stone's Rag

Texas Schottische

Topeka Polka

Twinkle Little Star

Wildwood Flower

Wizard's Walk

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