Tennessee Two-Step | Bowing Down Home

About this tune

Tennessee Two-Step is widely played among older-generation fiddlers across the Island. Long notes are sometimes telescoped, and consequently some versions may vary from the standard 16-bar per turn format.

Of special note: accompaniment in Sidney Baglole’s version is provided by Margaret Ross MacKinnon on pump organ. Pump organ was once the accompaniment instrument of choice on the Island and gave the music a highly distinctive sound.

This tune is played across the Canadian Maritimes, but I have found no information concerning its origin, nor anything concerning its publishing and recording histories.

Notation for this tune as played by Johnny Morrissey is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.

Tune Selections

Baglole, Sidney - Tennessee Two-Step Accompanied by: Margaret Ross MacKinnon, pump organ
West Prince
Morrissey, Johnny - Tennessee Two-Step Accompanied by: Margaret Ross MacKinnon, pno
Eastern Queens
Myers, Fenner - Tennessee Two-Step Accompanied by: Jim Dobson, gtr; Ken Perlman, bjo
Western Queens
Quinn, Merlin - Tennessee Two-Step / Five Minutes More Accompanied by: John Webster, gtr
Central Kings