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JACKSON'S SILVER MINES. Irish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDDEE. The tune originally was printed simply as "Silver-mines" in O'Farrell's Collection of National Music for the Union Pipes (c. 1800, 53). The Jackson of the title was the famous of the 18th century gentleman piper Walker 'Piper' Jackson, of the townland of Lisdaun, parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. Breathnach (1996) says that other early printings, such as that in Cooke's Selection of the Present Favourite Country Dances for the year 1796, do not associate the tune with Jackson. See also the related "Tynagh Jig" and "Paddy Go Easy."

Source for notated version: copied from O'Farrell's National Irish Music (c. 1800) [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 123.

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