Queen's Jig (The)

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X:1 T:Queen’s Jig, The M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Sharp – Country Dance Tunes (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D |: A | d2e fdf | g3 f2 (f/4g/4a/) | fgf e2d | e3 A2A | d2e fdf | g3 f2 (f/4g/4a/) | fgf e2d | (d3 d2) :| |: a | aba g2f | g3 f2 (f/4g/4a/) | fgf e2d | e3A2a | aba g2f | g3 f2 (f/4g/4a/) | fgf e2d | (d3 d2) :|]



QUEEN'S JIG, THE. Scottish, English; Country Dance Tune (6/4 or 6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune dates to 1701 when it was published in Playford’s Dancing Master, 11th edition. It was retained in subsequent editions of the long-running series, through the 18th and final edition (then published by John Young, heir to the Playford publishing concerns). Later it appeared in Walsh’s Compleat County Dancing Master, vol. 1, of 1718. See also “Sweeping the Town” for an American old-time breakdown reel that has been likened to "Queen's Jig," although the tunes have no great relationship to each other. Gilchrist (1940) sees some resemblance between "Queen's Jig" and "Malbrook."


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Printed sources : - Barlow (Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; No. 466, p. 106. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; p. 224. Fleming Williams & Shaw (English Dance Airs; Popular Selection, Book 1), 1965; p. 11. Lerwick (Kilted Fiddler), 1985; p. 40. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 28. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 72.

Recorded sources : - Sonet 763, Dave Swarbrick "Lift the Lid and Listen." Wildgoose Records WGS378CD, The Old Swan Band - "Swan for the Money"




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