The Free Mason jig

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X: 1
T: The Free Mason
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AGA BAB|cBA B2 B|cBA cBA|eee e2:|
|:c|def fed|cde edc|dcd FBA|GEE E2 c|
def fed|cde edc|dcd Bed|cAA A2:|
|:B|cBA cBA|BEE E2 B|cBA d2 c|{c}B3 ABc|
cBA cBA|B2 E E2 a|edc BA^G|A3-A2:|
|:c/d/|e2 e efe|d2 zzAB|c2 c cdc|B2 zzAB|
cBA edc|a^ga afd|edc BA^G|A3-A2:|
# Added by Moxhe .

Two comments

The Free Mason

A very interesting jig.
The source for this tune is : Thompson’s Compleat Coll. of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. IV., London, 1773-1780, nr 125.
There is a very similar version (without the a minor sections) in an anonymous manuscript from the late 18th century in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Yorkshire.

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Yeah, it’s interesting! The last two parts are reminiscent of the Gallowglass jig, and the second part sounds a bit like the second part of Top Of Cork Road.

In the Midwest of the USA, sixty years ago or more, 6/8 tunes known as quadrilles were commonly played, and many of them had key changes between parts as this tune does.