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Jul 15, 2019 - 11:02:42 PM

Kye

Canada

83 posts since 3/16/2017

Uh.. are these the same?

Thanks.

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:53:43 PM

1139 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forked_Deer_River
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Originally posted by Kye

Uh.. are these the same?

Thanks.


Jul 16, 2019 - 1:04:14 AM

1201 posts since 4/6/2014

Sounds like a "Modegreen"  smiley

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:08:23 AM

4175 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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383 posts since 9/1/2010

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

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/FORK_FOT.htm

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:13:19 PM

Kye

Canada

83 posts since 3/16/2017

My thanks! I figured!

Jul 17, 2019 - 3:01:54 AM

206 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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