New Five Cents (1)

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NEW FIVE CENTS [1]. AKA - "Five Cents," "New Five Cent Piece." AKA and see "Buffalo Nickel (2)," "Ruffled Drawers." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA; Cumberland Plateau border region of Ky./Tenn., western North Carolina, Missouri. D Major. Standard or ADae tunings (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AABB (Phillips): AABBCC (Titon). "New Five Cents" was in the repertoire of Kentucky fiddler Isham Monday (1879-1964), who played the tune in ADae tuning, but who tuned his fiddle so low it sounded below C. See also the closely related "Robinson County," and the accompanying note. Marion Thede, in connection with an unrelated Oklahoma tune, prints the following lyrics, indicating the floating nature of some verses:

I wisht I had a new five cents, wisht I had a dime,
I wisht I had a new five cents, to give that gal of mine.

Mark Wilson says the tune is called "Buffalo Nickel" in the Ozarks, dating that title for the tune to around 1913 (albeit the melody may be older, under different titles). Drew Beisswenger (2008) points out the second strain is similar to the second strain of "Grey Eagle," as played by Missouri fiddler Ike Helton. Gus Meade (2002) finds the earliest recording of the tune to be by Paul Warmack, who recorded it in 1928 as "Five Cents." The Kentucky group Walker's Corbin Ramblers recorded a version of the tune as "Ruffles and Bustles" in 1934.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - Paul Warren [Phillips]; Isham Monday (Tompkinsville, Monroe County, Ky., 1959) [Titon]; Carthy Sisco [Silberberg]; Cecil Goforth (b. 1936, Eminence, Missour) [Beisswenger & McCann].

Printed sources : - Beisswenger & McCann (Ozarks Fiddle Music), 2008; p. 186. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 164. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 107. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 109, p. 138.

Recorded sources: -County 787, Clarence Ferrill Band - "Five Miles Out of Town: Traditional Music From the Cumberland Plateau." County CO-CD-2711, Kirk Sutphin - "Old Roots and New Branches" (1994. Learned from fiddler Bert Edwards, "a native of the hills of Alleghany County, North Carolina"). Marimac 9060, Jim Bowles - "Railroad Through the Rocky Mountains" (1994). Rounder 0435, Gene Goforth - "Traditional Fiddle Music of the Ozarks, vol. 1" (1999).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]



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