The A1 jig

The A1 has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
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 :|
2
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 :|

"Köhler’s Violin Repository"
http://imslp.org/wiki/K%C3%B6hler’s_Violin_Repository_of_Dance_Music_(Anonymous)

"Köhler’s Violin Repository Book III"
http://imslp.org/imglnks/usimg/0/02/IMSLP106891-PMLP217734-koehlersviolinrepository_3.pdf

Discussion: Köhler’s Violin Repository of Dance Music
# Posted on June 26th 2011 by fynnjamin
https://thesession.org/discussions/27865

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… 😎