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X:1 T:Jackson’s Frolic M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 496, p. 191) N:”Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland” Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D BA2D {G}FED|(F/G/A).D {G}FED|GBG FAF|EFE E2B| A2D {G}FED|(F/G/A).D {G}FED|B2G A2F|DED D3:| |:e|f2d edB|d2B BAF|EFE EFA|e3 efg| fed edB|d2B BAF|AFA d2D|DED D2:|]



JACKSON'S FROLIC. AKA and see "Donnybrook Boy," "Friendly Jack," "Kitty of Oulart," "Mulberry Bush (The)." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Aird, O'Neill): AABB' (Hall). This melody appears in Brysson's A Curious Selection of Favourite Tunes with Variations to which is appended "Fifty Favourite Irish Airs" (Edinburgh, 1790). James Aird published it in volume III of his Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (1788). Breathnach (1996) finds the tune also under the alternate titles "Down the Banks" in Kerry, "Humors of Strand Road (The)" in Limerick, and "Making the Hay" or "Shake the Hay" in County Wexford. O'Neill (1922) remarks: "An anonymous variant of 'Jackson's Frolic' was memorized from the fluting of James Moore in Chicago some fifty years ago. Another version of the tune heard later differed so materially in the second part, that it was added as a third part to Moore's variant, and printed as 'Kitty of Oulart' in former O'Neill collections." The Jackson of the title refers to the 18th century Irish gentleman-composer Walker "Piper" Jackson, of the townland of Lisdaun, parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. A great many tunes are popularly attributed to him, many with little or no evidence, and others in confusion with other musicians named Jackson. The melody is still part of the traditional musician's repertoire.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Aird's Selections [O'Neill].

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), 1788; No. 496, p. 191. John Hall (A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs), c. 1818; p. 5. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 130.






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