Tom Brigg’s polka

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One setting

X: 1
T: Tom Brigg's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2|DFzA dAF2|GBzd g4|DFzA dAF2|E8|
DFzA dAF2|GBzd g4 |fedf edce|zdAF D4 :|
FAzF AFA2|FAzd edeg|fedf efgd|zdAF D4:|

Three comments

Tom Brigg’s

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.

Re: Tom Brigg’s

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?

Re: Tom Brigg’s

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.

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