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X:1 T:Buttermilk and Cider M:4/4 L:1/8 B:Bayard - "Hill Country Tunes" (1944) S:Irvin Yaugher Jr. (Pa., 1943) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A (A2|A)cBA FA E2|Aceg f2g2|agfe fecB|AcBA F2E2| AcBA F2E2|Aceg f2g2|agfe fecA|B2A2A2|| (e2|e)aga fecd|eaga f2 (3efg|agfe fecA|BcBA F2E2| AcBA F2E2|Aceg f2 (3efg|agfe fecA|B2A2A2||

BUTTERMILK AND CIDER. AKA and see "Off to California (1)," "Going to California," "Old Towser," "Fireman's Reel," "You Bet," "Miss Johnson’s Hornpipe," "Portsmouth Hornpipe," "Silver Cluster (The)," "Belle of the Kitchen (2)," "Whiskey You're the Devil," "Whiskey in the Jar," "Gypsy Hornpipe (4)," "Possum Up a Gum Stump/Coonie in the Hollow," "Lexington." Old-Time, Reel. USA, southwestern Pa. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Bayard (1981) states that this tune, sometimes played as a hornpipe, sometimes a reel, is the local southwestern Pa. title for a member of the large and well-known "Off/Going To California" tune family. See also Ira Ford's "Old Towser," to which some verses were sung.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Irvin Yaugher Jr. (Mt. Independence, Pennsylvania, 1943, learned from a regional fiddler, Jim Lawry) [Bayard, 1944]: Sam Losch, Brown Hall, Wilbur Neal, James Smalley (southwestern Pa.) [Bayard, 1981].

Printed sources : - Bayard (Hill Country Tunes), 1944; No. 18. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 351A-D, pp. 345–346. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 8 (appears as "The Silver Cluster"), p. 20 (appears as "You Bet"), p. 86 ("Portsmouth Hornpipe"), p. 104 (appears as "Miss Johnson's Hornpipe"). Ford (Traditional Music of America), 1940; p. 108 (appears as "Old Towser"). Harding's Original Collection, No. 108. Jigs and Reels, vol. 2, 1908; p. 14 (appears as "Fireman's Reel"). O'Neill's Irish Music, 1915; No. 341. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; Nos. 1567, 1628, 1629, 1639. Robbins (Collection of 200 Jigs, Reels, and Country Dances), 1933; No. 162, p. 52 (1st part of "Fireman's Reel"). Scanlon (The Violin Made Easy and Attractive), 1923; p. 75 (appears as "Whiskey, You're the Devil"). White's Excelsior Collection, p. 22 (appears as "Belle of the Kitchen," in 6/8), p. 24 (first part of "The Silver Cluster").

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