X:1 T:Indian Crickets N:From the playing of Lotus Dickey (1911-1989, N:Orange County, Ind., Berea College, Nov., 1984. N:Dickey credited the tune to Fiddling' Arthur N:Smith (1898-1971, Tennessee) M:C| L:1/8 D:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/3139 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G e-|g2g2 gedd|e[d3g3] [d3g3]e-|gega gedd|e[d3g3][d4g4]| bagb agef|ged2 eded|BA G2 AGEG|DEFG [G3B3]e-| g2ga gedd|e[d2g2]d e[d2g2]d|gega gedd|e[d2g2]d eg b2-| bagb agba|ge[d2g2] g/d/g/d/ ed|BAG2 AGE/G/G|DEFG [G2B2]|| |:([D2A2]|B2)G2A2G2|(_B=B)dG AGEG|BAGB AGEG|DEFG G2(_B2| =B2)G2AGEG|DEEE DEGA-|BAG2 AGEG|DEFG G2:|
INDIAN CRICKETS. American, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. Orange County, Indiana, fiddler Lotus Dickey (1911-1989), was recorded playing this tune, announcing the title as "Indian Crickets" and crediting it to Tennessee fiddle great Arthur Smith (1898-1971). However, Smith never recorded a tune by that title, although he did record the similar-sounding "Indian Creek." Dickey's tune bears little more than superficial resemblance, however, and (if in fact it is derivative) Dickey appears not to have learned it from Smith's recording. Like his name for it, the melody has sustained considerable "folk processing."