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Jul 15, 2019 - 11:02:42 PM



86 posts since 3/16/2017

Uh.. are these the same?


Jul 15, 2019 - 11:53:43 PM

1162 posts since 7/26/2015

Yes. Marcus Martin called it "Forked Ear", but it's Forked Deer. I've heard that the title refers to the river of the same name.
Originally posted by Kye

Uh.. are these the same?


Jul 16, 2019 - 1:04:14 AM

1270 posts since 4/6/2014

Sounds like a "Modegreen"  smiley

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:08:23 AM

4372 posts since 9/26/2008

Often pronounced "Forky Deer" or "Fork-ed Deer" it is a tune that I love to play.

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:42:39 AM
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451 posts since 9/1/2010

Lots of speculation on where the title comes from as well as the various versions listed here.

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:13:19 PM



86 posts since 3/16/2017

My thanks! I figured!

Jul 17, 2019 - 3:01:54 AM

211 posts since 6/25/2007

I remember someone (maybe Paul Brown?) telling me long ago about some old fiddler who insisted that the tune was about a woman, and that it's proper title was "Fulka, Dear". That cracked me up! The fiddler might have also claimed that some ancestor of his (grandfather or great-grandfather) made up the tune, but I'm not sure I trust my memory about that part.

There is a transcription in the Library of Congress of a tune from David A Hamblen or his son Williamson Hamblen called "Forked Ear" which is clearly a version (which I like and play), though somewhat distant, of the modern Forked Deer family of tunes. I believe David A. Hamblen migrated to Indiana from Cumberland Gap in about 1838, so that's a pretty old name for the tune, "correct" or not. I've heard that it refers to a way of cutting the ears of livestock to indicate the owner, much like branding. Maybe fakelore? I couldn't say.

Edited by - Brendan Doyle on 07/17/2019 03:02:30

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