From the Gunn MS Fermanagh 1865, one of many Jackson tunes to be found there. I play this after Jackson’s Coagy.
The opening is reminiscent of The (Irish) Washerwoman, a tune also reputedly composed by Jackson.
Versions of this tune from other MSs include: The Rake’s March (Goodman), Lanamacree (Grier) and Tanning the Leather (Rice-Walsh).
The version of this tune given here (with parts reversed) appears in volume 4 of Brendan Breathnach’s ‘Ceol Rince na hÉireann’ (published posthumously in 1996) under the title Leanbh mo Chroí, or Lanamacree. The alternate titles Jackson’s Babes and The Rose in Full Bloom are also noted. This same setting also appears on page 117 of Josephine Keegan’s 2004 collection ‘A Drop in the Ocean’ under the title Jackson’s Babby. The key would appear to be D mixolydian rather than G as given above.
The Irish title translates as Child of My Heart, and somewhat similar versions of the tune (in the key of C) appear in O’Neill’s (both the 1850 and the 1001) under this title.
Re: Jackson’s Babby
Many thanks to "The Archivist" for posting this beautiful, and relatively obscure jig. I hadn’t heard it at all until she played it with Cathal McConnell at the 2nd "FluteFling" flute concert in Edinburgh on Friday night, and again for me to record yesterday afternoon in "Sandy Bells’". We heard a lot of good tunes over the weekend, but this one stood out for me. Deserves to be better known.