X:1 T:Pig Town Fling M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel N:Howe attributes the tune to “Marsh” B:Elias Howe – Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7 (Boston, 1880-1882, p. 598) B: http://ks4.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/c/c7/IMSLP601433-PMLP562790-ONeill_Rare_Medium_M40_M8_v6.7_text.pdf Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D/E/F/|Gg/e/ de/d/|Bg/e/ d/B/A/B/|Gg/e/ de/d/|c/B/A/B/ G (3D/E/F/| Gg/e/ de/d/|Bg/e/ d/B/A/B/|Gg/e/ de/d/|c/B/A/B/ G2:| |:Be/e/ ee/f/|g/f/g/a/ g/f/e/d/|Be/e/ ee/f/|g/f/g/a/ (g f/e/)| B/f/e/f/ ee/f/|g/f/g/a/ g/f/e/d/|Be/e/ ee/f/|g/f/g/a/ g2:|]
PIGTOWN FLING. AKA and see see "Buck Creek Girl/Gals," “Buffalo Breakdown,” "George Brown's Bonvivant," "Goin' Up Chaney," "Hop Along Sally,” "Kelton's Reel," “Off with Your Jacket,” "Old Dad," "Old Mother Goodwin" (Pa.), "Rocky Point Jig," "Ston(e)y Point (1)," "Stony Point Reel" (Pa. title, 1866), “Warm Stuff,” "Wild Horse," "Wild Horses at Stony Point." American, Scottish, Irish; Reel, Fling. G Major ('A' part) & E Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B (Kerr): AABB (most versions): AABB’ (Skinner): AA’BB’ (Kennedy). A tune of unknown origins but widely known in the United States under a variety of titles. "Pigtown Fling" is title by which the tune is usually known in New England, although Boston music publisher Elias Howe printed a version as "Rocky Point Jig" in the early 1880's. It was collected by Shaw in Colorado as “Pigtown Hoe Down.” Chet Parker, a hammered dulcimer player from western New York, called it “Buffalo Breakdown.” See also “Nigger in the Woodpile (2)," "In the Woodpile (1)” and “Cotton Patch.”
Many believe the tune has an Irish provenance, although it is not found in either older manuscript of published Irish materials of any antiquity. It is called “Pigtown” in County Donegal, Ireland, where it is played as a highland, although Perlman (1979) says it was originally a Co. Kerry polka, also called "Pigtown." Linscott (1939) identifies this tune as "an Irish reel sometimes known as 'Kelton's Reel'" (by which title it appears in Boston-published Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). It was recorded for Victor Records V-18308) in 1921 as part of a "Medley of Irish Reels No. 6" by violinist Harold Veo (inserted between "Reilly's Reel" and "Miss McLeod's Reel") but this seems to be the product of a musician from the studio's stable and not a traditional rendering.