Music

White Buffalo

The Pressley Girls Variety Show

The Pressley Girls have been playing a new fiddle tune around the house and I’ve had it going round and round in my head even when they’re not playing it. The name of it is “White Buffalo.”

A quick search turned up the Traditional Tune Archive. The page offered this information about the tune:

White Buffalofrom “Fatty” Morin, Hayes, MT – Fort Belknap Reservation
WHITE BUFFALO. Western US, reel, E minor. Standard tuning. AABB.
Jamie Fox got tapes from the family of deceased fiddler Fatty Morin, who had lived on-reservation, in the town where Jamie (or her dad Jim) Fox was born. No other fiddler had this tune but Morin, and if it hadn’t been for Jamie carrying this tune on, it likely would have died. Note: Morin is pronounced in English more like “Moran”.

The girls recently filmed the tune and in usual Pressley Girl fashion there was lots of silliness to go along with the music.

I’m glad the tune was saved because it sure has brought me a lot of happiness.

I hope you enjoyed the video…now it’ll be in your head too 🙂

Tipper

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12 Comments

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    lynne
    May 27, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Thank you so much , that songs really cheered me up.

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    SusieQ
    May 24, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Makes me ponder thankfully how I get to listen to a fella’s tune, his tune , because another fella listened and took note of it…. loved hearing y”all play it( even faster) …and the silliness is right down my alley 🙂 ….

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    Sue McIntyre
    May 23, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    That was beautiful. You girls just keep on growing and are becoming quite accomplished. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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    Alice Somich
    May 23, 2021 at 11:06 am

    I love that tune! Now it’s in my mind for the rest of the day!

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    Mary Anne Johnson
    May 23, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Sweet song and sweetly played.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 23, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Q. What do you call a cross between a white buffalo and a cow?

    A. I don’t know either but I bet it would make a good hamburger!

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    Liz
    May 23, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Have you ever thought of adding a banjo to the mix? I like the banjo but rarely hear anyone playing it anymore.

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    John Hart
    May 23, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Your girls are WONDERFUL!

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    Ron Stephens
    May 23, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Anybody passing by the Wilson Holler, if they can hear, might just be thinking, “It’s true. Appalachian folks play music on the porch just because.” Yeh, and laugh and joke and cut up to. Somebody sometime back coined the phrase, “What the world needs is more porches.” Yep, I’ll second tgat, and moe people investing more time on them.

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    Margie G and her kitties
    May 23, 2021 at 8:17 am

    That was a very catchy tune that just kept getting faster and faster! Those girls are really excellent musicians. They’re certainly witty and talented! They’re pretty country gals too!!! A total win win in my opinion of folks. And with that, have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    May 23, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Yup, now it’s in my head too. The girls did a beautiful job playing that tune.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 23, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Good job! It’s a nice melody and I love the silliness at the blooper section. I think it is a sign of a good musician when you can play your instrument and play with each other at the same time. There is an ease and comfort in it!

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