Belfast Jig (1)

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 Theme code Index    1H5H75 1H5H43
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Canada
 Genre/Style    Down-East/Maritime, Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Jig/Quadrille
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 History    CANADA(Maritimes/English)
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Ken Perlman
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island (The)
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 134
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1996
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BELFAST JIG [1]. Canadian, Jig. Canada, PEI. D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The name Belfast means 'crossing place by a sandbank'. The tune was one of the first sides recorded by 'Down-East' style Canadian fiddler Don Messer with his group the Islanders, for Apex Records in 1942. Ken Perlman believes the tune may have been named for Belfast, a district of Prince Edward Island, not far from where his source (Elliot Wright) was born and raised.

Source for notated version: Elliot Wright (b. 1935, Flat River, Queens County, Prince Edward Island; now resident of North River) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 134. Sannella, Balance and Swing (CDSS). Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 18.