The A1 jig

The A1 has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The A1
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|DGG BAG|gGG fGG|edc BAG|F2 A cAE|
DGG BAG|gGG fGG|edc BGE|D2 F G2:|
|:e|dba dge|d^ce dBG|DD/E/F GAB|c2 B A2 e|
dba dge|d^ce dBG|AA/B/c dBG|D2 F G2:|
X: 2
T: The A1
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A|EAA cBA|aAA gAA|fed cBA|GBB B2 e|
EAA cBA|aAA gAA|fed cBA|EFG A2:|
|:e|ec’b c’af|efe ecA|EFG ABc|edc B2 e|
ec’b c’af|efe ecA|Bcd ecA|EFG A2:|

Ten comments

“The A1 Jig” ~ C: William Findlay - sometime in the 1800s

Here it is in the earliest recorded form I know for it, followed by the same in G Major ~

X: 2
T: A1, The
C: William Findlay - of Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland
B: “Köhler’s Violin Repository Book III”, 1881-1885, page 274
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: AMaj
|: A |\
EAA cBA | aAA gAA | fed cBA | GBB B2 e |
EAA cBA | aAA gAA | fed cBA | EFG A2 :|
|: e |\
ec’b c’af | efe ecA | EFG ABc | edc B2 e |
ec’b c’af | efe ecA | Bcd ecA | EFG A2 :|
N: And transposed a step down to G Major
K: GMaj
|: G |\
DGG BAG | gGG fGG | edc BAG | FAA A2 d |
DGG BAG | gGG fGG | edc BAG | DEF G2 :|
|: d |\
dba dge | ded dBG | DEF GAB | dcB A2 d |
dba dge | ded dBG | ABc dBG | DEF G2 :|

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“Köhler’s Violin Repository Book III”

Discussion: Köhler’s Violin Repository of Dance Music
# Posted on June 26th 2011 by fynnjamin

So what does the ‘A1’ refer to? It seems that the road was only designated in the 1920s.

William Findlay, born in Crofthead, Linlithgow in 1854. Was a composer of several tunes and a music teacher in Broxburn.

Baptie’s dictionary.

A1 / thumb up

Thanks Weejie, I was looking for information on the composer and had hoped to add something before adding the tune… As you’ll no doubt know, “A1” is a reference that is used in more places than just for designating a strip of asphalt. Some would show it as a sign rather than spoken ~ raising a thumb up, designating approval or that something is ‘tops’…

Aye- it is a classification that started with Lloyd’s. It is, nevertheless, surprising to see it used so early outwith its original application. As Findlay had composed a tune for the Forth Bridge, I thought of the road when seeing the title of this tune - but it’s obviously not that.
So it looks like it means “The Spiffing Jig” - and the OED should cite it as an early usage.

A + 1

Combining the first letter of the alphabet, ‘A’, used often as a measure of ‘grade’ or ‘quality’, as I know from work I did in a lumber mill, more knots in ‘C’ grade timber, and the number ‘1’, which is also used as a measure of gradation ~ #1, 1st, etc…

Not unknown in the present, he obviously thought quite highly of his own work, or maybe someone else named it for him out of appreciation? 😀

HP & Daddies

Sadly, no A1 Sauce over here, but we do have various scrumptious brown sauces, such as HP & Daddies… 😎

What an intriguing title…

Go on Doc, you’re way overdue for a comp… 😎