Jigs And Reels

By Jesse Smith

Five comments

wonderful album with a lot of unearthed "old time" tunes widely played in the US from the early 1900’s.
Nice accompaniment also.

Title of album?

Does anyone know what the title of this album is? I just assumed that the title was "Jesse Smith" like is listed here, but I’ve seen it listed some places as "Jigs and Reels". I am from Baltimore and Jesse was in town not too long ago, so I should know the answer to my question, but I am still a little confused. Any ideas?

Title of album?

If it has a title at all, it is "Jigs and Reels", but it’s very unclear. There’s no title on the spine of the jewel case and no title on the disc itself. The cover art, however, shows a fiddle laid across what appears to be an old book of sheet music entitled "Jigs and Reels". Does that make it the album title? I don’t know. Maybe there’s something on Jesse’s website. I don’t have the URL handy.

It’s listed on Custy’s, madfortrad, & tradcds.com as Jigs & Reels.

Tune title erratum

It makes me smile … "The Little Healthy Hill" as replicated by Horaldo direct from the album’s track listing is "The Little Heathy Hill". (This picturesque error is down to Jesse’s production team, not Horaldo, I hasten to add!) I quite like the image of a healthy hill … and in fact there are some hills I can think of that are, indeed healthy, as opposed to others which appear quite unhealthy. This little malaprop on Jesse’s album rates alongside "The Grease In The Bog" which I discovered on an album, played by Padddy Killoran.

A brilliant album! Jesse’s duet with Harry Bradley on "The Happy Birdie/The Bluebell Polka" is a tour de force; those lads must have been on such a high afterwards!