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DAVISTOWN. AKA and see "The Stick Beat," "Old Stick Beat March," "Old Seven Spot," "Old Number Seven," "Taylor's March [1]," "Frank Keeney [2]." American, March (2/4 time). USA, southwestern Pa. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle) AB. Davistown is a village in southeastern Greene County, Pa. Bayard (1981) notes this march tune was "universally" known to local fifers, but infrequently played by fiddlers. The "stick beat" in the alternate titles refers to the accompaniment by the drum corps, which beat time on the edge of the drum and with stick-against-stick to the music. Bayard was not able to trace the tune or component strains outside of the region.

Source for notated version: Marion Yoders (Greene County, Pa., 1960) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 228H, pp. 188-189.

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