The First Of May jig

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X: 1
T: The First Of May
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
f|B>BB d2B|f2B d2B|A>AA c2A|e2A c2A|
B>BB d2B|f2B d2e|faf edc|f>BB B2:|
|:f|faf d2f|faf d2f|cec A2e|cec A2g|
faf d2f|faf d2e|faf edc|f>BB B2:|

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Popular name of late….

This is another tune called "The First of May". This is a GHB jig, and the setting is from David Glen’s "Edinburgh Collection" Book 2, from around 1903 or 1904 (Book 1 is from 1903).

There is also a setting in Gunn’s "Caledonian Repository of Music" from 1848. It is slightly different:

X:1
T:The First of May
S:Gunn, Caledonian Repository of Music , 1848.
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K:HP
f|BBB d2B|f2B d2B|AAA c2A|e2A c2A|BBB d2B|f2B d2e|faf edc|f2 B>BB:|
|:f|faf d2f|faf d2f|cec A<Ae|cec A<Ag|faf d2f|faf d2e|faf edc|f2 B>BB:|

The first part of the tune is almost identical to "Lieutenant MacGuire’s Jig", but the second part is quite different.

Oops!

Too many Bs :

X:1
T:The First of May
S:Gunn, Caledonian Repository of Music
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K:HP
f|BBB d2B|f2B d2B|AAA c2A|e2A c2A|BBB d2B|f2B d2e|faf edc|f2 B>B:|
|:f|faf d2f|faf d2f|cec A<Ae|cec A<Ag|faf d2f|faf d2e|faf edc|f2 B>B:|

Quatsch

Bs were OK, it was the length!

X:1
T:The First of May
S:Gunn, Caledonian Repository of Music
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:Jig
K:HP
f|BBB d2B|f2B d2B|AAA c2A|e2A c2A|BBB d2B|f2B d2e|faf edc|f2 B B<B:|
|:f|faf d2f|faf d2f|cec A<Ae|cec A<Ag|faf d2f|faf d2e|faf edc|f2 B B<B:|

|f2 B B<B:| ~ 😏

Maybe you should lay off writing ABCs when you’re on the juice Weejie?

|: f | ~

Oh, there’s a tight little lead-in of an f… My eyes are wobbly tonight and I missed that…

I don’t touch the juice, Ceol. My head’s mince tonight after removing some tenacious malware from a neighbour’s computer.

"The First of May"~ going nuts in e minor

X: 3
T: First of May, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Emin
|: ^D |\
E>^DE G2 E | B2 E G B2 | D>CD F2 D | A2 d F D2 |
E>^DE G2 E | B2 E G2 A | BdG AdF | G E2 E2 :|
|: c |\
B>dB G2 B | BdB G2 B | B>AF D2 A | BAF D2 c |
B>dB G2 B | BdB G2 A | BdG AdF | G E2 E2 :|

PC Woes ~ no whiz here, but I’ve been working through half a dozen hard drives trying to revive an old PC. I’ve been here before, but not so many hard drives, and this time it’s my own stuff… It’s a long term project I have to set aside every once in awhile. I know I really need to build anew, but I’ve not sufficient pennies saved up yet. Computers and the digital - heaven and hell, and you have my sympathies… πŸ˜›

Giving into temptations ~ 😎

I keep being lead astray into a second ending for that e minor take on this, back to the last four measures of the A-part ~

[2 EE/E/E G2 E | B2 e G2 A | B/c/dG A<dF | G E2 E2 |]

Reminds me of the Hancock sketch "Mayday, Mayday"…..

πŸ˜€ Yes, all these "First of May" tunes in a row…