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X:1 T:Jackson’s Roller M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:John Hall – “A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs” (c. 1818, p. 29) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/104981834 N:”Printed and sold by John Hall, at his Music Room.” N:Hall (1788-1862) was a music teacher in Ayr, Scotland. His dancing master’s ‘kit’ N:(a small fiddle) used in his dancing lessons, is still preserved. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D DDD FDF|A,A,A, GFE|DDD FDF|AGF BGE| DDD FDF|A,A,A, GFE|DFA Bdc|dBG FGE:| |:ddd fdf|ece gfe|ddd fdf|ged cBA| ddd fdf|ece gfg|fed {d}cBc|dBG FED:| |:AAA FFF|A,A,A, GFE|AAA FFF|AFd BGE| AAA FFF|A,A,A, GFE|DFA Bdc|dBG FGE:|]



JACKSON'S ROLLING JIG (Port Cornad Mic Seoin). AKA - "Jackson's Roller." AKA and see "Cat's Bagpipes (The)," Jackson's Rolling Pin." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major (most version): D Major (Hall). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AABBA'A' (Hall). The tune is called "Jackson's Rowling Pin" in Cooke's Collection of Favourite Country Dances for 1797 with an identical first strain, although the second strain differs. It appears as a untitled four-part jig in County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman's mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 3, p. 142), and as "Cat's Bagpipes (The)" in P.W. Joyce's Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909), also in four parts. Breathnach finds a Leitrim title as "Jackson's Favourite Jig," and although not cited, he is probably referencing its appearance in Book 3 of piper and fiddler Stephen Grier's large c. 1883 music manuscript collection.

Ayrshire violinist and composer John Hall included the tune in his c. 1818 collection (as "Jackson's Roller"), but curiously did not attribute the tune "By Jackson" as he did numerous other jigs in his collection. The Jackson jigs were a subset of the collection. By what authority he attributed any of the 6/8 tunes to Jackson is not known.


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 62 (appears as "Jackson's Rolling"). John Hall (A Selection of Strathspeys Reels, Waltzes & Irish Jigs), c. 1818; p. 29. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 44. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 943, p. 175. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 170, p. 42. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 92.






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