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X:1 T:Oakland Garden M:C| L:1/8 R:Sand Jig S:Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C (3G,A,B, | C2D2 EGzG | ABcd eczG | ABcA GEzG | FEDC {D}CB,A,G, | C2D2 EGzG | ABcd ecze | fgaf ec'af | ecdB c2 :| |: E2 | (A4 A)Bcd | eAzB cdez | fAz^c defz | eAzB cdez | dBz2 {A,/B,/}D.B,zd | cAz2 {A,/B,/}C.A,zc | B^Gz2 {^G,/A,/}B,.G,zB | Aaec A2 :| |: G2 | (c4 c)def | ~g2 ec GEzg | ~a2 fc AF za | ~g2 ec GEzg | ~f2 GB dfag | ~e2 CE Gc fe | ~d2 DG BedB | (cEGe) c2 :|



OAKLAND GARDEN. American, "Clog Dance". C Major ('A' and 'C' parts) & A Minor ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. Composed by Edwin Christie, who is not the Edwin P. Christy (1815-1862) of blackface minstrel fame, but who rather was a later-born journeyman composer of light works from the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He was tolerably regarded during his career, but did not achieve nearly the fame of his minstrel namesake. Several of Christie's compositions appear in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883).

The title refers to Boston's Oakland Garden theater, which the Boston Athenaeum [1] explains was:

Located in Roxbury and one of several summer-garden theaters built for summer entertainment only, the Oakland Garden Theatre was managed by Isaac B. Rich in the mid-1880s. Programs in the Athenæum’s collection all date from the mid to late 1880s. Summer theaters like Oakland Garden specialized in light English opera offerings.



Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 82. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880’s; No. 421, p. 47. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 115.

Recorded sources: -Fellside Recordings FECD 276, Vic Gammon & Friends - "Early Scottish Ragtime" (2016).



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