Kick Up the Devil on a Holiday

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KICK UP THE DEVIL ON A HOLIDAY. AKA - "Kick Up Dee Debbel on a Holiday." American, Reel. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune was published by Thomas F. Briggs in his Briggs' Banjo Instructor (1855, Oliver Ditson Co., Boston). It may have been composed by Briggs and is often credited to him, although no composer credit is given with the tune itself. The frontispiece of the volume declares that tunes were composed and arranged by Briggs. The original title, "Kick Up Dee Debbel on a Holiday" indicates the tune was intended for the blackface minstrel stage.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thomas F. Briggs (Briggs' Banjo Instructor), 1855; p. 23.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Hear the tune played by Barry Murphy and Dan Stewart [1]
See/hear the tune played by banjoist Angela M. Wellman [2] [3]




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