The Black Nag jig

Also known as The Black Nagg, The Galloping Nag.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Black Nag has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Black Nag has been added to 85 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Black Nag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: E | AGA BAB| cBc Bcd| edc BcB| A3 A2 :|
|: A | BGE BGE| BGE Bcd| ecA ecA| efe edc |
BGE BGE| BGE Bcd| edc BcB| A3 A2 :|
X: 2
T: The Black Nag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: BAB cBc | dcd ede | fed cBc | B3 B3 :|
|: cAF cAF | cdc cde | fdB fdB | fgf fed |
cAF c2c | cdc cde | fed cBc | B3 B3 :|

Five comments

Here’s a slightly different version in Bmin that I picked up online several years ago:

X: 1
T: Black Nag, The
C: Trad.
S: Wild Dismay Tunes (www.blackflute.com/music/ )
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
Q: 280
R: jig
K: Bmin
|: BAB cBc | dcd ede | fed cBc | B3 B3 :|
|: cAF cAF | cdc cde | fdB fdB | fgf fed ||
|| cAF c2c | cdc cde | fed cBc | B3 B3 :|

Actually, I just noticed- I usually play that a little closer to Q: 260.

Black Nag was first published in Playford’s Dancing Master (1686) edition.

Black Nag - the Dance

The tune "Black Nag" is used for an English 17th century 72-bar dance of the same name.

Since the tune is only 24 bars in length, three reiteratiions of the tune are needed for "once through" the dance.

A YouTube rendering of the tune (and most of the dance) here:

http://youtu.be/hEHo2yzLi40