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X:1 T:Roscoe S:Kyle Creed (1912–1982, originally from Surry County, northwest North Carolina, S:and, from 1960 on, from Carroll County, Virginia) M:C| L:1/8 D:Mountain LP 301, Kyle Creed - Blue Ridge Mountain Square Dance Time F:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/roscoe Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G ef|g2d2 edB2|dBAG- G2g2-|gagf eg3 |a3b a2ef| +slide+g2d2 ed B2|+slide+c3d cBA(_B|=B)(Bd)B AGFD|G3A G2:| |:DG-|G2G2 AB-B2|c3d cA_B-=B-|BAGB AGFE|D3E D2DG-| G2G2 A(B B2)|c3 d cA_B-=B-|BAGB AGFD|G3A G4:|]



ROSCOE. Old-Time, Breakdown/Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Silberberg): AA'BB (Phillips). The tune was in the repertoire of fiddler and banjo player Kyle Creed (1912–1982), who learned it from from Roscoe Russell; Creed couldn't remember the name of the tune and called it after his source. Creed was from originally from near Round Peak, Surry County, northwestern North Carolina, and but later worked as a carpenter and ran a country store at Piper’s Gap, near the Blue Ridge Parkway and not far from Galax, Virginia. He was also an instrument maker and a member of the band The Camp Creek Boys, whose members also included Roscoe Russell on guitar and baritone ukulele.
Kyle Creed & Roscoe Russell

Russell was renowned as a maker of banjos (approx. 200 are reliably attributed to him) and Appalachian dulcimers whose instruments tended to be louder than other dulcimers due to the innovation of a false back or double-bottom. He won the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention dulcimer competition in 1976.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Jere Canote (Seattle) [Phillips].

Printed sources : - Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 1), 1994; p. 202. Silberberg (Tunes I Learned at Tractor Tavern), 2002; p. 133.

Recorded sources: - Mountain LP 301, The Camp Creek Boys - "Blue Ridge Mountain Square Dance Time" (1972). Marimac 9043, Boiled Buzzards - "Fine Dining" (1991). Rounder Records, Bob Paisley and the Southern Mountain Boys - "Lovesick and Sorrow" (1978).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Hear Kyle Creeds recording at Slippery Hill [2]
Hear the tune played by Matt Brown [3] (slow [4])



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