Fair Jenny's Jig

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FAIR JENNY('S JIG). American, Jig. USA, New England. D Major ('A' part) & D Major/Mixolydian ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by New England country dance pianist Peter Barnes (of the band Yankee Ingenuity) in 1976, inspired by the folktale (or Child Ballad) of Fair Jenny, who clung to a faerie queen as she shifted shapes until finally she won her husband's freedom.

Source for notated version: Peter Barnes (western Mass.) [Hinds]; Pete Sutherland (Vt.) [Phillips].

Printed sources: Hinds/Hebert (Grumbling Old Woman), 1981; p. 20. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 364. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 74.

Recorded sources: Rounder 0193, Rodney Miller - "Airplang" (1985). Varrick VR-038, Yankee Ingenuity - "Heatin' Up the Hall" (1989).

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]

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