Clover’s Reel

Today’s post was written by Chitter.

black hen

About four years ago I composed a sweet little fiddle tune. I played the tune a lot in the beginning, but over time I sort of let it slip to the back of my case and forgot about it. I didn’t feel that I had the tune down solid and that was the main reason I didn’t play it more often.

At some point, after I had been playing the fiddle for a couple of years, I realized I should continue the tradition of coming up with new fiddle tunes to ensure the genre of music continues to grow. Not that I would ever want the old tried and true tunes to disappear, but I do believe it’s important to keep adding new energy to one’s repertoire. Over the years I’ve composed several fiddle tunes. We even put one of them on our first cd. The song on the cd, “Ruby in the Kitchen” is one my favorite original tunes.

I’ve been relearning the tune that I left in the back of my case over the last few weeks and we recently went to a beautiful pond to record the song.

After we started playing the song again I decided to name it. Since it is an upbeat happy energetic tune I decided to name it after my favorite chicken Clover. Hope you enjoyed hearing the fiddle tune 🙂


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    Terry Huffaker
    January 16, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Love the tempo, young lady! Makes one want “to put their dancin’ shoes on”! Great sound!

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    Kenneth Ryan
    January 16, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Very good!

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    Joan Owen
    January 16, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    How I loved the Fiddle Tune regarding Clover Reel played and done by you 2 twin sisters who are also beautiful, my Papa in Tennessee played a fiddle also,so this brings back many years ago,so keep making these.

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    Gina Smith
    January 16, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Love it! Very catchy, very happy!

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    January 16, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    I liked this lively tune. So much talent. Love those crocheted sweaters, too.

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    Sharon Cole
    January 16, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Enjoyed the cheerful tune. Keep writing, Chitter! We need good, solid songs. Love the sweaters. What a talented family. Take care and God bless!

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    Gloria Hayes
    January 16, 2022 at 11:22 am

    Clover should feel honored! It’s a really cute tune and loved the pond also! I too think it sounds like a square dance song. Great job!

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    Ed Ammons
    January 16, 2022 at 11:19 am

    I have about 5 inches of snow here already. It is supposed to turn to sleet and freezing rain up to 3:00 PM then back to snow. The rain is what bothers me. It is 21º here and unless the rain freezes before it hits it’s going to hang on to trees and power lines.
    The weather channel says you have 43º there. That’s more than double what it is here and we’re not all that far apart.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 16, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I had a chicken that looked a lot like that one time. I called is Cacciatore. It was a good chicken. A very good chicken!

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    Ron Bass
    January 16, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Loved the tune, thanks. Never heard of black star chickens, I’ve always had rhode island reds, they’re good for meat and eggs. Clover certainly does have beautiful plumage.

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    Ray C. Presley
    January 16, 2022 at 10:46 am

    The Girl Who Fed Me Sweet Clover
    As I lay bleeding and sore all over
    A bonny young lass came skipping down the mountain trail,
    humming a sweet tune and swinging a fiddle by its tail.
    She raised her fiddle and began to play
    A tune that was so happy and gay
    That I soon began to hop around and believe that I could live another day
    Sometimes, all we need to survive is for someone to stop, share a song and provide a bit of encouragement.

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      Wanda Devers
      January 16, 2022 at 3:38 pm

      Love this!!

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      January 16, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      Ray-you made our day! Thank you so much 🙂

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        Ray C. Presley
        January 16, 2022 at 7:47 pm

        Those young women who live on the mountainside and wade in the creek provide countless hours of pure joy to all of us with their music and comedy

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    Jenny Young
    January 16, 2022 at 10:34 am

    I love it! I love the story behind it as well.
    Did your grandma make the sweaters? I really like them too.

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      January 16, 2022 at 10:38 am

      Jenny-Granny did make the sweaters 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the song!

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    Allison B
    January 16, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Loved the tune!

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    January 16, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Loved Clover’s Reel, Katie! Keep up the good work you and Corrie do as you both are so talented! My husband loved ponds and your friends sure allowed you to have a most beautiful back-drop with the one behind you. By the way, I watched one of your videos a day or so ago in which you were explaining the different Appalachian music and you sang one of my favorites “In The Garden.” Your harmony was absolutely pristine.

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      January 16, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      Enjoyed your happy fiddle tune! Thank you! Pretty girls, happy tune & beautiful setting!

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 16, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Love thr story of Clover abd such a catchy tune. Thanks

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    Patricia Wilson
    January 16, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Loved it! Somebody who loves you can crochet – loved what y’all were wearing, too!

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    January 16, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Clover looks as energetic and happy as the tune that was named for her. Thanks for sharing the recording, Katie. You are so talented and Corie is right up there with you.

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    January 16, 2022 at 9:06 am

    The story behind the tune was just so sweet and naming it after your pet hen made it even sweeter. I truly enjoy the fiddle tune. Beautiful scenery at the pond too. The tune makes me want to get up and do a little foot tapping jig. Thank y’all for sharing!

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    January 16, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Great song, love the beat. Thanks for rescuing Clover, you have a good heart, she is beautiful. All of you are so talented and we so appreciate you sharing your God given talents with all of us.

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    Kevin Knight
    January 16, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Great Job on that composition, made my Sunday morning. Nice upbeat perky tune, a definite toe tapper. Don Rich and Vasar Clemens would be proud for you, Thanx Katie and Cory.

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    Kirsten Thomas
    January 16, 2022 at 8:47 am

    What a beautiful, happy tune! Well done!

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    January 16, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Thank you. Chitter, for that peppy little tune. So talented! It was touching to see how you took in that poor little bedraggled chicken and nursed it back to health. I love the name Clover. Sounds like you would have made an excellent vet. I used to be unable to tell you and your sis apart, but now it seems it jumps out at me how you each have your own unique look and personality. Just keep learning and going forward with your many gifts and talents.

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    Ron Stephens
    January 16, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Quiet the catchy tune. Clover could dance to that one. Never heard of a Black Star chicken before but I’m sure there are many others I’ve never heard of either.

    I expect you all got snow last night. Hope you don’t have any troubles with it. High winds here & flickering lights but Ok so far. Tipper, you can be happy you have snow anyway.

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      January 16, 2022 at 10:38 am

      Ron-thank you. No snow for us yet. I’m still holding out hope for some but it’s looking doubtful 🙂

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    Margie G
    January 16, 2022 at 8:40 am

    I cannot hardly get over Katie writing this upbeat, quick time, joyful little tune herself!!! I loved watching you both play together so well and you looked stunning in your knitted creations! I’m willing to bet Granny was in on the dapper outerwear chosen today in the video! I think you’re talented beyond belief, have beautiful attitudes, and are really quite charming young ladies who I enjoy watching a lot!!! Keep writing your own music for it surely is wonderful and much needed in this almost sinister world of “music” these days. For the most part modern music is an area I can easily do without. But you chicks give me hope for the future!!! Lol. May you be blessed in the city and the country and all you put your hands to do! May Clover lay an egg as fast as she can for years to come!!! I gotta mention the big snow supposed to be 18 inches… it’s spitting and sputtering and as my granny used to say “it can be too cold to snow!” It’s starting to pick up a bit with wind whipping fiercely at this time in southern WV!!!

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    January 16, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Clovers Reel, what a happy little fiddle tune. Beautifully done!

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    Janet Smart
    January 16, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I love the fiddle. Great tune. I enjoyed listening to it and tapping my feet.

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    Martha D Justice
    January 16, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Love Clover’s Reel, great job Chitter and Chatter ❤

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    GoodGriefLouise ( Bill )
    January 16, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Thanks, Katie, for the cute and lively tune. The old songs are there for us always but you’re right. We do need new songs to keep up this wonderful music genre alive. Keep it going on forever.

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    Miss Cindy
    January 16, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Nice tune sounds like a square dance! Good Job Katie!

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    donna sue
    January 16, 2022 at 6:29 am

    I always enjoy hearing Katie play her fiddle! This was a another wonderful tune! Thank you!!

    Donna. : )

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