Major Mackie's Jig

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MAJOR MACKIE'S JIG. AKA - "Major Mackey's Jig." Scottish, English, Canadian, American; Jig. D Major (Messer, Page, Sweet): A Major (Kerr): G Major (S. Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A popular jig in many English speaking regions, including England and Scotland, Canada (popularized by Don Messer and played throughout the Maritime provinces), and New England. The earliest publication appears in the Scottish Kerr collection (c. 1880's). See also the Sliabh Luachra slide variant called "Labyrinth (2) (The)" or "Pádraig O'Keeffe's Slide (8)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: S. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 6: Jigs), 1982 (revised 1989, 2001); p. 3. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 4; No. 266, p. 28 (appears as "Major Mackie"). Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 77. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 135, p. 88. Page (Northern Junket, vol. 9, No. 10), Feb. 1968; p. 22. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1965/1981; p. 24.

Recorded sources: Folkways FW08826, Per Nørgård - "Jigs and Reels, vol.2" (1960). London Records EP - BEP 5140, Jim Magill - "Square Dances, vol. 1" (45 RPM extended play from Ontario fiddler Magill, 1905-1954). Veteran VT139CD, Mark Bazeley & Jason Rice - "Moor Music."




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