Play the Fiddle Tune "Angeline the Baker" on Guitar

by Scott Nygaard

The origin of the fiddle tune “Angeline the Baker” is a bit of a mystery. Many people credit it to Stephen Foster, and the chorus of Foster’s song “Angelina Baker” has a few bits of melody in common with the lower part of the fiddle tune. But the high part seems to have come from somewhere else entirely.

Angeline the Baker Music EXCERPT
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Fiddler Uncle Eck Dunford’s 1928 recording of “Angeline the Baker” really only has the title in common with Foster’s song and is a somewhat skeletal version of the melody that has become an old-time and bluegrass staple. The song’s first eight measures are shown below.

Excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials

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