The Blackberry Quadrille jig

Also known as Blueberry Quadrille, The Blueberry Quadrille.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Blackberry Quadrille has been added to 1 tune set.

The Blackberry Quadrille has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Blackberry Quadrille
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2a ba^g|a2f d2f|e2c Afg|fdB Afg|
a2a ba^g|a2f d2f|e2c ABc|1 dfe d3:|2 dfe d||
|:FG|A2B G2A|F2A def|g2e c2e|dfe dcB|
A2B G2A|F2A def|g2e ABc|1 d2f d:|2 d2f d3||
2
X: 2
T: The Blackberry Quadrille
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: f |\
a2 a ba^g | a2 f d2 f | e2 c A2 f/g/ | fdB A2 f/g/ |
a>^ga bag | a2 f d2 f | e2 c A2 B/c/ | d3 d2 :|
|: F/G/ |\
A2 B G2 A | F2 A dcd | g2 e c2 A | dfe dcB |
A2 B G2 A | FAd f^ef | g2 e A2 B/c/ | d3 d2 :|
3
X: 3
T: The Blackberry Quadrille
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B/c/ |\
d^cd edc | d2 B G2 B | A2 F DBc | B2 G D2 B/c/ |
dGd edG | d2 B G3 | A2 F D2 F | G3 G2 :|
|: [B,/F/][C/E/] |\
D2 E [C2E2] D | [B,B]DG B2 B | c2 A F2 D | GBA GG/F/E |
D3 [C3E3] | [B,B]DG B/c/dB | cAF DEF | G3 G2 :|

Six comments

This tune comes from an old collection of New England fiddle music.
-m

Quadrilles

Quadrilles, or dances in square formation of four couples facing each other, evolved in France and became popular in Britain, Ireland and America in the 19th century. It was first danced publicly in Dublin in 1816. It is possible that quadrilles were brought back to Ireland by soldiers returning from the Napoleonic wars. The Irish dancing masters increased the speed to that of Irish dances of the time and modified the dance with native Irish dance steps.

(this information is from Larry Lynch’s "Set Dances of Ireland")

-m

X:2 & X: 3 ~ "The Blackberry Quadrille"

Some other ways with it and taking it down to where we sometimes would play it…

Single Jigs (the 6/8-12/8 family that includes slides) were popular in the 1800s as music for the various quadrilles, though played at a considerably more relaxed tempo than how some currently interpret this family of rhythm.

For X: 3 above I’ve also included alternate notes for D-limited winds, up a third or an octave…

Re: The Blackberry Quadrille

From the liner notes of Island to Island, "[The] Blueberry Quadrille is a tune imported from Canada, where old-time fiddler Don Messer played it as The Blackberry Quadrille".