Buffalo Gals (3)
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BUFFALO GALS . AKA - "Buffalo Girl." Old-Time, Breakdown. A Major. AEae tuning (fiddle). AB. Recorded by Herbert Halpert in the field in 1939 for the Library of Congress, from the playing of Mississippi fiddler John Hatcher. The tune bears either no or some small similarity to the tune usually known as "Buffalo Gals (1)" in 'G', depending on the listener. Unusual is that it starts on the high or fine part of the two parts. Hatcher told Halpert that "Buffalo Gals (1)" was the 'modern' way to play the tune. The reel is enjoying some current popularity at Old-Time sessions, played cross-key.
Source for notated version: Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 17.
Recorded sources: Rounder 0361, Bruce Molsky - "Lost Boy" (1996). Rounder 18964-1518-2, Various Artists (John Hatcher) - "American Fiddle Tunes" (a reissue of the 1971 Library of Congress LP of field recordings).