Jack’s Maggot barndance

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Jack’s Maggot has been added to 1 tune set.

Jack's Maggot has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Jack's Maggot
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2|d2 D2 F2 A2|BA Bc d2 e2|fg a2 Bc d2|e3f e2 c2|
d2 D2 F2 A2|Bc d2 c2 ag|f2 d2 e2 c2|d4 d2 :|
|:fg|a2 f4 a2|f2 d4 ef|gf ed c2 d2|e6 fg|
a2 f2 d2 f2|A2 d2 F2 A2|d2 d2 e2 c2|d6 :|

Four comments

Jack’s Maggot

A Playford tune, used for the dance of that name. Submitted in the "barndance" category, for want of a better home.

"Maggot" in this instance is not one of those wee beasties so beloved by anglers for use as bait, but a type of 17th century dance.

It’s a delightful air, and useful for other dances as well -especiallly if played briskly.

Jack’s Maggot Curry

aren’t the Playfords great? There is so much room in them. Like the best Indian recipes, they give you just enough information to get the main idea and you season to taste…

A Playford - ??

Anybody like to fill me in on the meaning of a "Playford" ??
Nice tune and it’s so nice to learn something new.


John Playford has become the most famous of the dancing masters to work in Great Britain and Ireland from the reign of Elizabeth through to the eighteenth century; this fame due to his collection of tunes and dances which was first printed in 1651 and has been reprinted and expanded ever since, both by Playford himself and later editors. It has become the habit of calling dances from his collection ‘Playford’ dances, whether or not he created them; a habit as daft as calling the ballads Child collectedas Child Ballads, or the stories that the Grimms collected as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, as if they were responsible for their composition - an old hobby-horse of mine, sorry.