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Bonapart's Retreat

JB
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"Bonaparte's Retreat" is an old fiddle tune with a great melody and is a reference to Napoleon Bonaparte’s disastrous retreat from Russia in 1812, which led to his downfall and finally ended the danger that he would invade England.  Tune is most likely of Irish origin and is popular in bluegrass circles.

In 1937, Alan Lomax, while travelling through Kentucky, recorded violinist William Hamilton Stepp playing "Bonaparte's Retreat."  The song has been covered by the Skillet Lickers (Gig Tanner & Reilly Puckett), Willie Nelson, Pee Wee King, Doc Watson, Glen Campbell, and countless others.

 

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Topic starter Posted : 07/04/2021 10:33 am
beardy, jrick92, canuck and 3 people liked
jerseychicadee
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I actually picked out that little intro picking part. Shocked myself. 

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Posted : 08/04/2021 10:52 pm
jrick92
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Posted : 09/04/2021 9:17 pm
beardy
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Awesome tune! The traditional version is much better than the more contemparary ones.

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Posted : 11/04/2021 12:17 pm
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