I was stepping and lilting Cape Breton jigs and remembered this lovely little jig, sweet and simple…
B2 c | - or - | G3 B2 c ||
Sorry, ‘we’ remembered it… There were two of us jiggin’ away…
I came across this tune, over thirty years ago, as the third in a set of American jigs which has been in my repertoire ever since and played very frequently, depending on what the caller’s requirements are. I know it as ‘Farmer’s Jamboree’ and play it with ‘Louisberg Square’ and ‘First Western Change’. The origin of these tunes is unkown to me but they are very good dance tunes and were very much standard American jigs in the South of England during the late 60’s early 70’s.
my ‘B’ music is sligtly different:
||: d2B g2f | e2c a2g | f2A Ace | d3-dBc | d2B g2f | e2c a2g | fed cBA | G3-G :||
Hetty, you forgot to add your title. It has also been played in Cape Breton for some time, but tunes travel, and the radio scene from early on in the 20th Century, as well as folks moving around to chase up work wherever they could get it, meant that tunes had a similar fluidity and transport… I’ve adde your title for it.
Yes, I like the alternate second, emphasizing the single jig / slide nature of this tune, 12/8…good fun…
Cape Breton Favourite / Farmer’s Jamboree
"Brenda Stubbert’s Collection of Fiddle Music"
Cranford Publications ~ http://www.cranfordpub.com/
page 45, tune #130
- & as played by Brenda Stubbert, Johnny Wilmot, Joe Confiant and others in Cape Breton ~ but, I suspect originally the title just slipped someone’s mind or they just didn’t have one for it, Johnny’s source was his uncle Joe Confiant.
In most places, Scotland to England and across to North America, it seems to be known by the title "Farmer’s Jamboree". Having done some farming in North America ~ with a grandfather, an uncle, friends and acquaintances - and having attended a few ‘jamborees’, I would have thought the proper take on it would be plural or "Farmers’ Jamboree", but it is mostly known by the singular, which is the title I’ve changed it to in the main, out of respect for its greater circulation with this title in print and on recordings… As far as time, both "Cape Breton Favourite" and "Farmer’s Jubilee" can be traced back to around the 1950s… I haven’t yet found anything earlier.
One Canadian publication from 1985, "Fiddle Music from the Ottawa Valley", gives the jig "Farmer’s Jamboree" as having been composed by a fiddler and tune composer named John Burt. I haven’t seen that book in sometime, so reserve judgement or acceptance of this…
P.I.E. ~ Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Canada…
K: A Major ~ the key for some in Scotland & elsewhere:
|: c/d/ |
efe dcB | A2 c E2 c (A) | c^Bc edc | B3-B2 c/d/ |
efe dcB | A2 c E2 e (a) | gfe dcB | A3-A2 :|
|: c/d/ |
e2 c a2 g | f2 B b2 a | gB/B/B Bdf | e3-e2 c/d/ |
e2 c a2 g | f2 d b2 a | gfe dcB | A3-A2 :|
"The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic and Acadian Tunes in Living Traditions"
(216 pages, over 425 tunes) - Ken Perlman
1996; 2002, Book & CD, Mel Bay #95393BCD; pg. 124
Bill Guest - "A Hundred Favorite Fiddle Tunes" Mel Bay #93730
"Mel Bay’s Complete Fiddling Book: Contains over 300 Favorite Fiddle Tunes"
Craig Duncan, Mel Bay #94367
"Welling’s Hartford Collection" - Privately published by William B. Welling, Hartford, Conneticut, 1976 - page 8
"Cornhusker’s Book of Square Dance Tunes: Cornhusker Series No. 2" - Harry E. Jarman, 1944, page 18
~ where Harry Jarman lists John Burt as the composer for the tune…
"Fiddle Music from the Ottawa Valley: Dawson Girdwood", 1985, page 47, #34
Tunes can also be heard as The Lasses Fashion…
followed by The Robin in a set play by Jock Tamson’s Bairns on the eponymous album, CDTRAX 112 Topic or in ca ompilation, Celtic Collections, Vol. 5. Fiddles of Scotland, Greentrax label.
“The Lasses Fashion”
Thanks ~ I’ve chased that up and that has also been added to the alternate titles so the links to relevant recordings can be made…
“The Farmers’ Jamboree” ~ 1933
1933 ~ Page #9 ~
"First Change for the Corn Huskers Square Dance"
"Special Arrangement by JOHN BURT"
This suggests he wasn’t the composer, just an arranger of this bit of music, his take on the melody, the ‘violin’ part exactly as given below, and a piano accompaniment…
K: A Major
|: c/d/ |
efe dcB | A2 c E2 A | c^Bc edc | B3- B2 c/d/ |
efe dcB | A2 c E2 e | gfe dcB | A3- A2 :|
|: c/d/ |
e2 c a2 g | f2 d b2 a | gBB Bdf | e3- e2 c/d/ |
e2 c a2 g | f2 d b2 a | gfe dcB | A3- A2 :|
As suspected, the title from 1933: "The Farmers’ Jamboree"
Copyright, 1933 ~ on, the ‘usual’, the ‘arrangement’ ~
by Thomas Burt & Company, Toronto, Canada
As I understand it, Thomas Burt arranged a whole slew of things, including old standards that predate his existence… The legal situation on such things is still rocky, considering all those old numbers The Carter Family copyrighted. This publication ends with:
"All Rights Reserved including the public performance for profit."
~ That specific arrangement in total, for violin and piano, at least they liked to think that back then…
Joe Parson’s Jig in Newfoundland
Learned this tune in D off an amazing album from Newfoundland accordionist Vince Collins. He called it "Joe Parson’s Jig". Check him out at: