Flanagan's Jig (2)

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FLANAGAN'S (JIG) [2]. AKA - "Mike Flanagan's Jig." Irish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The last two parts of the tune (in reverse order) comprise "Champion (3)," played by Cape Breton musicians. The title "Flanagan's Jig" refers to the Flanagan Brothers Band, who recorded the two-jig medley (under the title "Wanderer (The)") in 1929. Philippe Varlet says the second jig in the medley was recorded by early button accordion recording great John J. Kimmel as "Smash (The)" (also recorded under that title again by the Flanagan Brothers and accordion player Joe Flanagan). Mike and Joe Flanagan were originally from County Waterford, but emigrated to New York City in 1911. Self-taught musicians (Joe was the oldest of four boys, Mike the youngest, and there were three girl siblings as well), the Flanagans initially played informally, but quickly filled a void in the Irish community and found demand for their music in bars and dance halls in the city. They tailored their act to popular tastes, and included sentimental songs, stage-Irish pieces and composed music, as well as traditional Irish music.

Mike and Joe Flanagan

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Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1113, De Danann - "1/2 Set in Harlem."

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