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X:1 T:Buck Creek Girls N:From the playing of Rockcastle County, east-central Kentucky, fiddler N:Walter McNew, recorded by Steve Green, summer 1990. M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Quick" D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/5353 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G D-E|G2g2d2 ed|BBgd edBA|G2ge dded|BGAF G2((3DEF| G2)g2d2 ed|BBgd edBA|G2g2 dd{f}ed|BGAF G2[G2B2]|| B-e[ee][ee] [e2e2]eg|fedf edBA|B-ABd- e2ef |g2ag g2ag| B-e[ee][ee] [e2e2]eg|fedf edBA|B-ABd- e2ef|g2ag gagd||

BUCK CREEK GIRL(S)/GAL. AKA and see "Wild Horse," "Old Dad," "Stony Point (1)," "Pigtown Fling." American, Reel (cut time). USA; southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky, Arkansas. "Buck Creek Girl" was in the repertoire of Fiddlin' Cowan Powers 1877-1952? (Russell County, southwestern Va.) and recorded by him in 1924 for Victor, although the side was not issued. The title appears in a list of traditional Ozarks Mountains fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954. Randolph, who said Ozarks fiddlers consider the tune "ancient and difficult to play," thought the tune "sounds like common old 'Stoney Point.'"

Charles Wolfe (1982) identified a tune by this title as a driving banjo tune recorded in the 1920's by eastern Kentucky musicians, and a number of versions from Kentucky musicians were captured in 20th century field recordings. The reel has some antiquity in Kentucky under the "Buck Creek" title. The title "Buck Creek Girls" appears in a number of the Berea Tune Lists, compiled as a class project by John Smith's English class at the Kentucky college in 1915, along with another local title for the tune, "Rocklick Girl." Interestingly, points out researcher Steve Green, although the tune has wide currency in the upland South as "Stoney Point" and "Wild Horse," the Berea lists do not cite those titles[1]. Words to the tune were collected in 1917 by Cecil Sharp and Maude Karpeles during their Appalachian collecting tour:

Buck Creek Girls want to go to Cripple Creek,
Cripple Creek girls want to go to town.


"Buck Creek girls, don't you want to go to Somerset?
Somerset girl, don't you want to go to town?

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See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index for Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Rockcastle County, east-central Kentucky, fiddler Walter McNew's version at Berea Sound Archives [2]

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  1. Steve Green, "The Berea Tuen Lists", Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 57:2, 1995, p. 11.