I was in a discussion recently with someone who felt that jigs had little place in trad. American music… (specifically old-time) and many US players in the "old-time scene" consider all jigs foreign or "Irish." Well, this is one that came to mind along with Perry’s Victory that I posted previously that seem to be American indeed…. Anyway… I love 6/8s and this is a fun one… I was wondering if anyone knows an Irish variant?
BALTIMORE . AKA and see "Cassino," Cacina," "Cacinameronian’s Rant," "Hickity Crackity," "Cottillion Oats Peas Beans," "French March." This tune appears in fife manuscripts such as Joshua Cushing’s The Fifer’s Companion (1790) and Hulbert’s The Complete Fifer’s Museum (1807). It was used for numerous songs, including children’s play-party songs such as "Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow" and the Bronx collected "Monday I Asked My Neighbor to Play." The name Baltimore is derived from the Gaelic baile an tigh mor, meaning ‘the village near the big house’, and is a place name from County Cork in southern Ireland. The Calvert family, founders of Maryland, once resided in this village, and members of the family for generations bore the title of Lord Baltimore. When the principle city was founded in 1729 in their grant in the New World, it took its name from the family county grant.
“Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow” / “Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley O”
Damn, they are coming out of the woodwork, yes, another playparty game tune, and with lyrics and moves for the game. I have several books but not at hand. Playparty are great worked into a primary dance programme. The names given above are alternate lyrics for the last two measures of both the A & B parts… I wish I had my books so I could add more.