Smash the Windows (1)
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SMASH THE WINDOWS  (Bris na fuinneogide/fuinneoga). AKA and see "Jelly Jig" (American), "Roaring Jelly," "Smash the Windlass" (Shetland). Irish, English, Shetland, Canadian, American; Single Jig or Slide (12/8 time). Shetland, Island of Whalsay. USA, New England. Canada, Prince Edward Island. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kershaw): AAB (Miller & Perron, Moylan, O'Neill/1850, 1001 & 1915): AA'B (Phillips): AABB (Ashman, Johnson, Kerr, Levey, Perlman): AABB' (Begin, Mulvihill). The melody, an exceptional jig tune, has been solidly absorbed into the core repertoire of several genres. British sources seem to predate all others, with the earliest appearance of the melody in John Fife’s manuscript copybook, compiled between 1780 and 1804. Fife was a fiddler, perhaps from Perthshire, although it appears he may have gone to sea for part of the time period covered by his manuscript. A rather anonymous collection of dance figures (Contra Dances) dating from about 1800 also includes a dance with this title [American Antiquarian Society]. The first printing of the tune under the title “Smash the Windows” appears to be in W.M. Cahusac’s Annual Collection of Twenty Four Favorite Country Dances for the Year 1809 (London), “with directions for each dance; as they are Performed at Court, Bath, and all Public Assemblies.” However, an American publication of around the same time, G. Graupner’s Collection of Country Dances and Cotillions No. 2 (Boston, Mass., c. 1808-1811), also contains the tune. American flute player R.B. Washburn, who compiled his tune and dance collection from 1616-1820, included it in his manuscript copybook. Martin Mulvihill gives this tune as an accompaniment for the dance The Haymakers’ Jig.