F:From the playing of fiddler Ed Haley (1885-1951, east Ky./W.Va.)
D:Rounder 1131/1132, Ed Haley - "Forked Deer" (1997)
Z:Transcibed by Andrew Kuntz
BABc d2d2|edef g2g2|BABc d2de|AABG E2D2|
BABc d2d2|edef gage|BGAG (3EFE D2| GBAF G2G2:|
|:+slide+BAGD E2D2|efgd e-fgd|+slide+BAGD EDE-F|GBAF G2G(_B|
=B)AGD E2D2|efgd e-fgd|+slide+BAGD EDE-F|GBAF G2G2:|
BRUSHY RUN. American, Reel (cut time). USA, West Virginia. G Major. Standard (French Carpenter, Art Stamper) or DGdg (Harvey Sampson) tunings (fiddle). AB. Clay County, West Virginia, fiddler Wilson Douglas identifies the locale of this tune as "over beyond Widen. It was just a big holler, with so much underbrush--some old fiddler was bacheloring there and he just composed this and he called it the 'Brushy Run.' Just a bushy ravine, so to speak. (French) Carpenter (1899-1965) could really play that. Where these young fiddlers get lost is in the bowing over the high part. You do it with the bow. You don't do it with the notes at all!" (interview with Nancy McClellan). Douglas also said it was a Carpenter family tune composed some time around the time of the American Civil War. According to Kerry Blech, Ward Jarvis (W.Va., Ohio) learned the tune from eastern Kentucky fiddler Ed Haley, and that Jarvis played it in standard tuning. Douglas's and Ed Haley's versions are also nearly identical.