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CAMP MEETING [1]. American, "Jig" (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBC (Cole/Ryan): AA'BBCCDE (Kerr). A syncopated dance tune composed by 19th century American black-face minstrel Dan Emmett. Listed as "Hell on the Wabash" in Emmett and Bruce (pg. 80), "Negro Jig" in Hans Nathan, and "Negro Sand Jig" in Kerr--the jig was a term for a type of banjo tune rather than the Irish jig. Edward Le Roy Rice, in his book Monarchs of Minstrelsy (New York, 1911), has this entry on Emmett:

DANIEL DECATUR EMMETT was better known to the general public than any of his associates, from the fact that he outlived nearly all his contemporaries, and the more important one that he was the author of "Dixie," which will live forever. Mr. Emmett first blacked up at the age of sixteen, and two years later joined Sam Stickey's Circus. At the age of twenty-five, he learned to play the banjo, and travelled with Angevine's Circus until he reached New York, in 1842. In 1843, after leaving his three associates [in the Virginia Minstrels] in England, he performed at Bolton, Lancashire; he rejoined Pelham and Brower in Dublin, Ireland, April 22, 1844, and played with them and Joe Sweeney for several weeks. Returning to the United States , he appeared with various circus and minstrel companies.

In 1853-54 he was part proprietor of White's Minstrels in New York; in 1855 he opened the first minstrel hall in Chicago, at 104 Randolph Street. Emmett's Minstrels opened at St. Paul Minn., April 26, 1858; he was also associated with Frank Brower in a minstrel company in the 50's. Mr. Emmett joined Bryant's Minstrels in New York City in 1858, and remained several years; After Dan Bryant's death in 1875, he accepted a position as leader in the Star Varieties, Chicago. In the Fall of 1881 he went out with Leavitt's Minstrels, where in conjunction with several old timers, they gave a reproduction of the original Virginia Minstrels of 1843.

His last engagement was a tour of the country with Al. G.Field's Minstrels about ten years ago. Dan Emmett was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, October 29, 1815, where he died, June 28, 1904. (pp. 14-15).


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 82. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880; No. 428, p. 49. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 114.

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