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Back to Forked Deer. USA, Widely known. D Major. Many older versions have several more parts than the two that are commonly played in modern times, and Jeff Titon suggests that the influence of the recording industry had much to do with shortening and standardizing the parts of the melody. Clay County, W. Roscoe Parish of Coal Creek, Va. Kerry Blech says that Bowman's version includes the familiar 'A' and 'B' parts, a high 'C' part that is also shared with some other sources, Storm Of The Century (Watchman Remix) - I Am Robot And Proud - Uphill City Remixes & Collaborations two last parts that seem to be Bowman originals.
Johnson — visited Kanawha County, West Virginia, fiddler Forked Deer - Highwoods Stringband - Dance All Night Kessinger — just a week before he died, an encounter from which he remembered:. I went and played the fiddle for him, played The Forked Deer. Clark said, "That's not The Forked Deer. So I suppose that's the reason why he said that wasn't The Forked Deer. I learned that whole tune just like Arthur Smith played it. I've heard lots of other fiddlers put Forked Deer - Highwoods Stringband - Dance All Night two parts to it.
Christeson notes that the tune bears considerable resemblance to Forked Deer - Highwoods Stringband - Dance All Night Scottish tune named " Rachel Rae ," which can be found in some of the older Scottish tune collections and which in America was printed in such collections as White's Solo Banjoist, Boston, He notes that some fiddlers play the first part of this tune differently than the Missouri version he gives, and use a portion of "The Forked Deer" as published by George Willig's in George P.
Knauff's Virginia Reels vol. It has been suggested by William Byrne that the title "Forked Deer" the first word is pronounced as if hyphenated, 'FORK-ed' is a corruption of 'Fauquier Deer', referring to the name of a county in northern Virginia.
Others believe it may have derived from association with the Forked Deer River in Tennessee. Apparently, it was asserted in a fictionalized traveller's account published in the Diana Ross And The Supremes* - Anthology Part 2 's by Dr.
Taylor entitled "The Cadence and Decadence of the Hoosier Fiddler" that the title referred to a Deer river and its tributaries i. John Hartford and Pat Sky have speculated the original title may have been "Forked Air," meaning a crooked melody. Hamblen noted down tunes played by his grandfather and brought to Brown County, Indiana, from Virginia in The tune, as "Forkadair," appears in W. Miles Krassen remarks the tune is very popular through most of the southern Appalachians, though it was not played for the most part by Galax, Va.
Forked Deer - Highwoods Stringband - Dance All Night Jarrell, quintessential Round Peak near Mt. Airy, N. It is one of the tunes mentioned in the humorous dialect story "The Knob Dance," published inset in eastern Tenn. The year was aroundand Sol, whom Byrne said was famous for his playing "throughout the Elk Valley from Clay Courthouse to Sutton as Charles Wolfe remarks it was popular with Kentucky fiddlers, especially in eastern Kentucky a remark probably based on recordings of regional fiddlers Ed Haley and J.
Jeff Titon finds the title in the Berea, Kentucky, tune lists, and notes that it was played at the and Berea fiddle contests. It was one of the few sides cut in the first recorded session of American fiddle music in June,for Victor—a duet between Texas fiddler Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland though unissued. It is on Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden's list of ' essential Missouri fiddle tunes'. The dance tune known as "Forked Deer" is regarded as vulgar in the Ozarks, because the title has a double meaning.
The word is always pronounced 'fork-ed'in two syllables. I have seen nice young girls leave a dance when the fiddler began to play "Forked Deer. Buster Fellows once played it on a radio program, but the announcer was careful to call it "Frisky Deer! Ira Ford's rather preposterous story of the origins of the title is as follows: "The old Forked Deer - Highwoods Stringband - Dance All Night tune, 'Forked Deer', is easily traceable to the days of powder horns, bullet molds and coonskin caps.
Like many other very old tunes of American fiddle lore, it had its origin on the isolated frontier and this one has been traced to the first settlers along the Big Sandy River, the border line of Virginia and Kentucky. In the family which preserved this tune, the story, handed down through several generations, credits the authorship to a relative, a noted fiddler of pioneer days. This kinsman was also a famous hunter. There was a spirit of friendly rivalry in the hunt, much the same as there were championships in other lines of activities, and he had established a reputation as a champion deer hunter by always bringing in a forked deer.
The forked deer, or two-point buck, was considered prime venison. As a token of admiration for the hunter as well as the fiddler, his friends set the following words to this popular dance tune which comes down to us as 'Forked Deer'.
There's the doe tracks and fawn tracks up and down the creek The signs all tell us that the roamers are near, With the old flint-lock rifle Pappy's gone to watch the lick, With powder in the pan for to Il Voyage En Solitaire - Various - Route Manset the forked deer. Fraley Rush, Ky. Christeson Old Time Fiddler's Repertory, vol.
Ford Traditional Music of America; p. Fretsvol. Johnson Kitchen Musician No. Krassen Appalachian Fiddle; p. Phillips Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. Thede The Fiddle Book; p. Songer Portland Collection; p. Salyer: Home Recordings —" Sourced to Jilson Setters. Fraley and Tommy Hunter. Learned from his grandfather, James W. Hunter of Madison County, N. Library of Congress A-3, by H. Maxey Franklin County, Va. Ed Haley's version, "without the 5th part". Originally recorded in for Gennett.
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