Why didn’t jigs make it across the pond?
I’ve been playing a bit of Appalachian old-time music lately, and encounter quite a few Irish tunes that have evolved into old-time standards. They are all reels, though.
What happened to the jigs? There don’t seem to be any.
Mr Sims, in snarkier moments, suggests that the guitar players kept screwing up the jig rhythms, so the melody players just quit playing them. I could not possible comment on that, given previous discussions. However, he does play guitar, so…..
I’ve always been interested in the migration and evolution of the tunes, but my knowledge base is admittedly shallow. (Consisting of University of YouTube, festival campgrounds, rooting around in old records and living in Tennessee for a few years.) Just wondering if anyone here has any thoughts about this.