Jackson’s Return From Dover jig

Also known as Jackson’s Trip To Dover.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Jackson's Return From Dover has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Jackson's Return From Dover
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
FG|:AAA ABc|BAG EFG|AAA ABc|BAG E2 D|
EGG EGG|EGG GED|AAA ABc|BAB GAB|
cBc A2G|1FDD DFG:|2FDD D2e||
|:fdd edd|fdd def|gfg e2d|cAA A2 e|
fdd ede|gfe dcA|AAA ABc|1BAG E2e:|2BAG EFG||
X: 2
T: Jackson's Return From Dover
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~A3 ABc|BAG E2D|EFG EFG|EFG EFG|~A3 ABc|BAB GAB|cBc A2G|FDD DEG||~A3 ABc|BAG E2D|
~A3 ABc|BAG E2D|EFG EFG|EFG EFG|~A3 ABc|BAB GAB|cBc A2G|FDD D2e|:fdd edd|fdd def|
gfg e2d|^cAA A2e|fdd ede|1 gfe d=cB|~A3 ABc|BAG E2e:|2 gfe d=cB||

Six comments

Jackson’s Return From Dover

I got this tune many years ago from a Seannachie album by an Irish hammer dulcimer player,whose name escapes me.It’s the only Irish jig I’ve ever heard with ten bars(in the first part).Does anybody know anything about this tune? David Meredith

Jackson’s Return from Dover

Bars 5 and 6 in the A-part appear to be the extra ones. I wonder if this tune was written specifically for a particular set dance where the number of bars in the tune had to match the length of the dance.
Trevor

John Rea

The tune is on a record of John Rea, the legendary player of hammered dulcimer

I’ve always thought of this tune as a ‘setdance’ rather than a jig. I think Trevor J is right, it probably had a special dace to it

Jackson’s Trip to Dover, X:2

Here’s my transcription from Skylark’s first album, where it’s called "Jackson’s Trip to Dover". This version also has "strange" numbers of bars, but in the end it works out to 32 bars total, which solves the "problem".
As "slainte" pointed out, this tune belongs to the huge tune family "Connie the Soldier" / "An Ghaoth Aniar-Aneas".