T: Tom Brigg's
D2|DFzA dAF2|GBzd g4|DFzA dAF2|E8|
DFzA dAF2|GBzd g4 |fedf edce|zdAF D4 :|
|:FAzF AFA2|FAzF EFD2|GBzG BGB2 |GBzF EFD2|
FAzF AFA2|FAzd edeg|fedf efgd|zdAF D4:|
There is 1 recording of this tune.
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Tom Brigg's has been added to 1 tunebook.
My transcription of the version by Jordi Savall from the Celtic Viol. Supposed to be a Jig, but does not sound like one. Polka is the best type of tune for this setting.
Some 19th Century tunes are known as "sand jigs" and in collections such as Ryan’s Mammoth Collection and Kerr’s Merry Melodies there are a few written out. "Tom Brigg’s Jig" is one such. In Merry Melodies, it’s very close to your transcription, but the B part is mostly written an octave higher. I expect Jordi adapted it to suit his instrument.
By the way, you have written it in 4/4, but it says 2/4 at the start; probably because it’s in the Polkas section. Perhaps it’s closer to a hornpipe or a barndance?
Tom Briggs was one of the early (1850s…) minstrel banjo players. The banjos then were all 5 string banjos, and tuned either to A (3 half steps lower than today) or to G (5 half steps lower than today).
Here is his banjo manual, from which this tune originates, most likely.