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Oct 10, 2023 - 8:31:43 PM
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Originally posted by Fiddler

The Scots called it The Haymakers. It was published in the "Dancing Master, 9th edition" in 1695.

I associate "Haymakers Jig" dance as Irish; as was one of the basic Irish Ceili dances. Though the Strip the Willow figure thought I associate with Scottish.

Besides 6/8; involves the feet, using jigging step and 7s and 3s. Sometimes to slip jigs, requiring 6 steps forward/back rather than 4. For folks typically dancing Virginia Reel; none of this jig/step aspect; at least seems unimportant.

Dec 5, 2023 - 7:51:44 AM

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Dec 5, 2023 - 8:49:07 AM
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Well, the calls may be a Virginia Reel, but the music isn't. Its a set of three tunes, repeated several times - A jig I don't recognize, "Miss McCloud's Reel," and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
The same group recorded the same title three days earlier for Victor:  On the label the first tune is called "Virginia Reel," but according to the Discography of American Historical Recordings at UCSB (a great resource) in the Victor ledgers the tunes are listed as "Larry O'Gaff," "Miss McCleod" and "Tom Brown's Body."

Edited by - DougD on 12/05/2023 08:55:13

Dec 5, 2023 - 10:32:40 AM

1346 posts since 3/1/2020

The first tune in Allegheny’s linked video is Larry O’Gaffe. It's also the first in Doug's linked video, just incorrectly named on the record.

Edited by - The Violin Beautiful on 12/05/2023 10:35:04

Dec 7, 2023 - 8:11:46 AM

85 posts since 4/17/2023

O'Gaff's also called Daniel O'Connell.
Apparently Ford's orchestra used these tunes for the dance.

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