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(Not the same tune as printed in Ryan's Mammoth)
JERSEY LIGHTNING. AKA and see "Champion Hornpipe (3) (The)." American, Dance Tune (2/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Labelled a 'jig' in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, referring not to the familiar 6/8 Irish jig, but rather to a type of syncopated old-time banjo tune often known as a "straight" or "sand" jig (as it was performed on a sanded stage). The "Jersey Lightning" title may have refered to a dance step, although it is more likely that it was a name for illegal moonshine. In fact, since Colonial times 'Jersey Lightning' has referred to applejack (hard cider).



Fr. John Quinn finds "Jersey Lightning" cognate with "Champion Hornpipe (3) (The)," a hornpipe or clog published by Peter Milne in Scotland in 1870, predating its appearance in Ryan's Mammoth Collection by 13 years. Peter Kennedy also gave the tune as "Champion Clog."


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Printed sources : - Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 80. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 113. Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2004; p. 100.

Recorded sources : - Great Meadow CD 2007, Mary Cay Brass and Friends - "Green Mountain."

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]



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