A lady mandolinist launched into this one at one of our local ITM sessions last Saturday. Not exactly the kind a tune that’s normally played at the session in question, and I was the only other person there who knew it and able to join in with it.
Notwithstanding the genre, it’s pleasant enough tune, with the interest of the modulation from G-Maj in the first part to D-Maj in the second part.
When she had finished playing it I commented: "Ah, Uncle’s Jig".
No, she replied: "It’s called the Louisburg Square!"
A little research on the Internet at home later established that it’s actually known by both names.
The "Uncle’s Jig" would probably come from melodeon player Bob Cann, whose wonderful 1975 album ‘West Country Melodeon’ was peppered with tunes such as "Uncle’s Jig", "Uncle George’s Hornpipe", "Uncle Jim’s" and so on. I remember transcribing "Uncle’s Jig" from that LP - more than thirty years ago! - where it is paired with "Hot Punch". Oh, happy memories!
@nigelg. Thanks for that. I too have known the tune for quite a long time. As I recall, I learned it from a melodoen player, way back in the 1970s. He called it "Uncle’s Jig", so that’s what I’ve always called it.
And I’ve always asumed it to be an English tune - but how does that explain the alt name: "Louisburg Square"?
The latter would indicate some north American connection (North Carolina).