Dickey's Discovery

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X:1 T:Dickey's Discovery S:Lotus Dickey (1911-1989, Orange County, southern Indiana) M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Quick" R:Reel D:Vigortone Records, Lotus Dickey - Down the Pike (2013) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/dickeys-discovery Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D dB|A2 FD FEDF|AFAB A2dB|A2 FD FEDF|EDEF E2dB| A2 FD FD FEDF|ABde fafe|d2 Bd BAFG|+slide+[A2A2]DD D2:| |:AB|d2df egfe|d2 dB AFAB|d2 de fefg|a2 ec egfe| d2 df egfe|fagf egfe|d2 Bd BAFG|+slide+[A2A2]DD D2:|]



DICKEY'S DISCOVERY. AKA and see "Brisk Young Soldier," "King's Lament." Old-Time, Breakdown. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A modern title for an older tune, named for Indiana fiddler Lotus Dickey (1911-1989) who 'discovered' it in 1985. Later he remembered he had learned it (along with a number of other tunes) from fiddler Allen Downey, who came to Dickey's southern Indiana district from Robinson, Illinois (although Dickey said it was Robinson County, there is no such county in the state, although there is a town called Robinson [1]). Dickey's contemporary, Southern Illinois fiddler Mel Durham, had a version of the tune that he called "King's Lament" after George King, a blacksmith and a fiddler in Johnsonville, Illinois. Harvey Taylor's (1894-1987, Effingham, Illinois) "Brisk Young Soldier" is cognate it the first strain of the tune but the second strains differ. See also the related "Crow Creek."

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Lotus Dickey (Orange County, Indiana) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 70.

Recorded sources: -Marimac 9020, Lotus Dickey - "Fiddle Tunes from Orange County, Indiana, vol. 1," (1989). Marimac 9022, Volo Bogtrotters - "Backside of Buncombe" (1989). Vigortone Recordings, Lotus Dickey - "Down the Pike and other Fiddle Tunes from Orange County, Indiana" (2013. Reissue of Marimac 9020).



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  1. information from Paul Tyler's Lotus Dickey site [1]