Manuel “Speedy” Clark was an all-around tap-dancing, guitar-strumming country entertainer and mountain balladeer.  He performed at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance, where he developed a comic old man character he called “Uncle Joe Clark”.  He soon adopted “Old Joe Clark” as his own name.  The fiddle tune Old Joe Clark is a tribute to this legendary performer.

Many arrangements of the song have been performed. This arrangement is very similar to the version showcased by the Canadian fiddle group Barrage.

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