Jack's Alive (1)

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JACK'S ALIVE [1] (Tá Neaic beo). AKA - "American Hornpipe (2)." AKA and see "Leave My Way," "Reel (77)." English, Irish; Reel. England; Northumberland, Dorset. Ireland; Co. Letrim. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A duple-time setting of the tune that is also set as a jig (see "Jack's Alive (3)"). The version in the Thomas Hardy manuscript collection is very much simplified, as it is in the early 19th century Joseph Kershaw Manuscript. Kershaw was a fiddle player who lived in the remote area of Slackcote, Saddleworth, North West England, who compiled his manuscript from 1820 onward, according to Jamie Knowles. A version was entered under the "Jack's Alive" title in the c. 1883 music manuscript collection of Co. Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier. Grier also entered another version of the tune as an untitled reel the same collection (see "Reel (77)." Glasgow publisher James S. Kerr and Aberdeen publisher Thomas Craig published the tune under the title "American Hornpipe (2)" in their late 19th century publications, although it is not known by what authority it was assigned that provenance.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - fiddler and uilleann piper Stephen Grier (Farnaght, County Leitrim), who wrote down his tunes in the 1880's [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ IV), 1996; No. 116, p. 60. Craig (Empire Violin Collection of Hornpipes), c. 1890; p. 2 (as "American Hornpipe"). Hall & Stafford (The Charlton Memorial Tunebook), 1956; p. 8. Knowles (Joseph Kershaw Manuscript), 1993; No. 41. Offord (John of the Greeny Cheshire Way), 1985; p. 80. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 187. Trim (The Musical Legacy of Thomas Hardy vol. 1), 1990; No. 11.

Recorded sources: -



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