Oscar Woods' Jig
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OSCAR WOODS' JIG. AKA - "Oscar's Jig." AKA and see "Jig (53)," "Mother Goose," "Grandmother's Pet," "Jig (53)." English, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Oscar Woods' Jig" has a provenance that is yet to be ascertained. An early printing of the tune can be found in Boston music publisher G. Graupner's Collection of Country Dances and Cotillions (c. 1808) as "Mother Goose", and it was entered as an untitled jig in County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier's large c. 1883 music manuscript collection (Grier No. 122, for which see "Jig (53)"). Peter Kennedy collected the jig under the title "Grandmother's Pet."
Oscar Woods was a melodeon player from Benhall Green, near Saxmundham, Suffolk, who was first inspired to pick up the instrument as a farmboy when he heard an old farm worker, 'Tiger' Smith, play. When Woods was older he and Tiger became playing partners in local pubs, where he also learned from other melodeon players, in particular the Seamen family of Darsham. Nick Barber cautions against playing the jig too quickly, and said that Woods played it with heavy off-beat accents in some bars.