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X:1 T:Puncheon Camps S:Clyde Davenport (Monticello, Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Field Recorders Collective FRC 104, "Clyde Davenport, vol. 2" (2005) F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/puncheon-camps Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D ((3A,B,C|D2)D2 DFAF|G(ABG) E2FD|G2[G2B2]cBAG|[F2A2][F2A2]D3D| F2A2 dcBA|G(ABG) E2FD|G2[G2B2]cBAG|[F2A2][F2A2]D3A,| D2D2 DFAF|G(ABG) E2FD|G2[G2B2]cBAG|[F2A2][F2A2]D4|| d2[d2f2]e2d2|ddfd e4|f2a2g2e2|[M:5/4]dcBA [G6B6]| [B4g4]e2dcBA|[M:C|]GABG E2FD|G2[G2B2]cBAG|1[F2A2][F2A2]D4||



PUNCHEON CAMP(S). AKA and see "Kitty Puss," "Tucker's Old Barn," "Old Time Mockingbird." American, Reel (cut time). USA, eastern Ky. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. A puncheon floor is a floor made of logs split lengthwise which are pegged, flat side upward, to joists to make floors in log houses. A puncheon camp is generally thought to be the logging camp where loggers split the wood prior to delivering it. The third strain is irregular in Kentucky fiddle and banjo player Clyde Davenport's [1] version (as transcribed in by Stacy Phillips), which can also be found in Buddy Thomas's (eastern Ky.) "Possum up a Simmon Tree (1)" [Ed. note: Stacy Phillips transcription of "Puncheon Camps", a three-part tune attributed to Clyde Davenport, is not the same tune as the two-part "Puncheon Camps" played by Davenport on FRC 104--disambiguation needed]. Davenport's father, Will Davenport, played the tune on the fiddle, and Clyde himself plays it on both banjo and fiddle. Variants of the tune include Virgil Anderson's “Cold Nights a-Comin'."

West Virginia fiddler Mose Coffman's (1894-1994) "Puncheon Floor (4)" seems cognate with Davenport's reel and there may be a confusion of titles.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Clyde Davenport (b. 1921, Monticello, Ky.) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Perlman (Everything You Wanted to Know About Clawhammer Banjo), 2004; p. 13. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 190 (related to "Five Miles from Town").

Recorded sources : - Field Recorder Collective FRC 104, "Clyde Davenport vol. 2" (2005). Venerable Records, Andy Cahan – "Hits From the Mountains." Appalachian Center Ser. AC002, Clyde Davenport – "Puncheon Camps" (1992).

See also listing at :
Hear/see the tune played in 1993 by Clyde Davenport on youtube.com [2]
Hear Davenport's recording at Slippery Hill [3] and at the Field Recorders Collective [4].
Hear Mose Coffman's version at youtube.com [5]



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