Joe Sweeney's Jig

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JOE SWEENEY'S JIG. American, Minstrel Tune (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Not a 6/8 jig, but a "Straight" Jig, or a dance tune in duple time. The term jig applied here is in the sense of the English 'jig', referring to a solo dance tune. It was composed for the minstrel stage, and the title 'Joe Sweeney' refers to Virginia-born minstrel musician Joel Sweeney [1] (1810-1860), credited with adding the 5th string to the banjo.

Joel Sweeney



Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Buckely (Buckley's New Banjo Methold), 1860; p. 20.

Recorded sources:




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