Major Mackie jig

Also known as The Family, Major Mackay, Major Mackay’s, Major Mackey’s, Major Mackie’s.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

Major Mackie has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Major Mackie
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|ABc dcd|B2e e2d|c2a a^ga|f2d dcB|
ABc dcd|B2e e2d|c2a gfe|d3 d2:|
|:d/2e/2|f3 def|g3 g2f|e3 cde|f3 f2e|
d3 def|g2B e2d|c2a gfe|d3 d2:|
X: 2
T: Major Mackie
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ABc dcd | B2 e e2 d | c2 a a^ga | f2 d dcB |
AA/B/c dcd | B2 e e^de | cea gec | d3 d2 :|
f^ef def | g2 g g2 f | e^de cde | f2 f f2 A |
d2 d def | g2 B e2 d | ce/f/a gec | d3- d2 :|

Six comments

Never heard this tune come up in a session, but I play it with a ceili/barndance bance for the Cumberland Square Eight.

It does crop up, however, with its parts reversed and slightly modified, in the Sliabh Luachra repertoire, as this slide:
https://thesession.org/tunes/985

Probably doen’t come up at an Irish session because it likely is considered to be one of those ‘dag’ tunes that many mention. I’ve always considered it as Scottish / English and was one one the first tunes that I learnt when I started getting into trad dance music. It was one of the standards played almost 35 yrs ago. Certainly played by English bands in the S of Eng.

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“Major Mackie’s Jig” ~ Jimmy Shand, Kerr, the Canadian Maritimes

This great ol’ tune was popular in a lot of places, including New England, for contra dance (and occurs in several collections, including Ralph Sweet’s excellent collection "Fifer’s Delight"), and all over Canada (& played by Don Messer and also including in one of his published collections) including the Maritimes ~ and that includes Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island. I also occurs as a jig in Kerr’s Merry Melodies, volume 4… Yeah, a great dance tune, so much so that it is also in several forms used for sets/quadrilles/squares and other sorts of dancing all over God’s creation, including Sliabh Luachra. You can’t keep a good tune down… ;-)

:-/

‘I’ don’t occur as a jig, ‘it’ does… Or do I? Come to think of it ~

“Major Mackie’s / Mackey’s Jig”

K: D Major
|: A |
ABc dcd | B2 e e2 d | c2 a a^ga | f2 d dcB |
AA/B/c dcd | B2 e e^de | cea gec | d3 d2 :|
|: e |
f^ef def | g2 g g2 f | e^de cde | f2 f f2 A |
d2 d def | g2 B e2 d | ce/f/a gec | d3- d2 :|