Jackson's Heigh-Ho (1)

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JACKSON'S HEIGH-HO [1] (Hi Ho Sheáin). AKA - "Jackson's Hi-Ho." AKA ans see "Humors of Comer (The)," "Jackson's Reel (3)," "Jim McKenna's." Irish, Reel. Ireland; County Donegal, Fermanagh, Leitrim. Attributed to the famous Lisduan House, Ballingarry, County Limerick, 18th & 19th century uilleann piper Walker (sometimes given as Walter) Jackson. The tune appears in the Gunn Collection (p. 26) from County Fermanagh, although Brendan Breathnach (who wrote an article about Jackson) states it was also to be found in tradition in County Leitrim. Brian McNamara, who found the tune in the late 19th century County Leitrim collection of Alex Sutherland (1873-1967) manuscript of County Leitrim (it actually appears twice in the MS), says it is popular with fiddle players in the south Leitrim area. Researcher Conor Ward notes that is was also popular with County Leitrim and Longford area fiddlers under the title "Humors of Comer (The)." Mac Aoidh (1994) finds an identical setting to the Gunn in the playing of Donegal fiddler Francie Dearg O'Byrne, and suggests a possible northwestern Irish provenance for the tune (see note for "Jackson's Combs").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann, vol. 2), 1976; No. 207 (appears as untitled reel).

Recorded sources: Drumlin Records, Brian McNamara - "A Piper's Dream" (2000. Learned from the Sutherland collection).




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