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X:1 T:Lotta’s Jig C:George H. Coes M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Sand Jig N:for renowned stage dancer Lotta Crabtree B:Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, B:leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a B:Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, B:Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc. (1876, p. 55) N:Coes performed with the San Francisco Minstrels in California from 1852 to 1859. N:The tune is transcribed as printed. The whole rests in the second strain should be N:eighth note rests. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G (3D/E/F/|.G.A .B.c|d/B/c/A/ B/G/E/F/|.G.A .B.c|z/g/e/c/ B/d/c/A/| .G.A .B.c|d/B/c/A/ B/G/E|{a}g/f/g/b/ d/B/g/e/|e/B/A/G/ z{c}(B/A/)|| B/D/ z2 z{c}(B/A/)|B/d/ z2 z{c}(B/A/)|B/D/ z2 z{c}(B/A/)|B/d/c/A/ B/d/g/d/| B/D/ z2 z{c}(B/A/)|B/d/ z2 z{c}(B/A/)|B/D/ z2 z{c}(B/A/)|B/d/c/A/ G|| |:(3g/g/g/ g/d/ e/d/B/G/|A/ag/ e/d/g|d/g/e/d/ e/f/g/a/|g/e/d/B/ A/B/G:|]



LOTTA'S JIG. American, "Sand Jig" (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCC. "Lotta's Jig" was composed by blackface minstrel performer and composer George H. Coes and was printed in his Coes Album of Jigs and Reels (1876). The title probably refers to variety stage songstress and dancer Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924), perhaps the most famous female variety performer of her era in the United States (for whom see "Lotta's Favorite"). Coes met her when when they both were in Placerville, California, during 1857. A very young Lotta had learned Irish dance in order to perform during 1856 in Mart Taylor’s troop when they came west, and Taylor also tutored another young dancer, Beula Baines, in learning the Spanish fandango. Lotta may have absorbed elements of both those forms, perhaps inspiring Coes syncopated composition.

A "sand jig" was a type of duple-time syncopated banjo tune, often the accompaniment for a dance like a soft shoe or tap dance, similar to a schottische or hornpipe. Coes syncopation


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Printed sources : - George H. Coes (Coes Album of Jigs and Reels, something new, for professional and amateur violinists, leaders of orchestras, quadrille bands, and clog, reel and jig dancers; consisting of a Grand Collection of entirely New and Original Clog-Hornpipes, Reels, jigs, Scotch Reels, Irish Reels and Jigs, Waltzes, Walk-Arounds, etc.), 1876; p. 55.






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