Bonaparte's Retreat

Old time recordings

  • William Stepp [Utoob]
  • Tommy Jarrell's version [Utoob] is one of several here on at the Slippery Hill list of tunes played in DDAD tuning (low to high strings).
  • Luther Strong (almost a different tune) [Utoob]
  • Brad Leftwich (medly; Dry & Dusty comes first) [Utoob]
  • Doc Watson family [Uboob]
  • Skillet Lickers' version [Utoob]
  • Slow banjo + fiddle true to the Tommy Jarrell [utoob]
  • Paul Kirk at a backyard party in sepia B&W video [utoob]

Learning videos

  • On the porch on a windy day, they play 3 parts like this: ABACABAC [Utoob]
  • Good learning video [Utoob] GDGD low to high
  • Learning video, played slow [Utoob] ADAD low to high
  • Clever bowing technique [Utoob]
  • Ubiquitous oldtime basement men [Utoob]
  • Bower's Bluegrass Festival [Utoob]
  • Aly Blain, too classical for me [Utoob]
  • And of course, the bluegrass banjo player tap dancing tastefully in his closet. [Utoob]


  • Bonaparte went all over the place and there are old time tunes to prove it. The Allegheny Hellbenders play "Bonaparte Crossing the Alps" [utoob].