For enthusiasts of early banjo
Song from Kerr's Second Collection of Merry Melodies For The Violin - Glasgow Circa 1885. What does it mean? I don't know, just a title I guess. Major to minor this time. Ricethink.
From Wikipedia: "A variant of the straight jig was the "sand jig," performed as a series of shuffles and slides on a sand-strewn stage. The most prominent "sand jiggers" of the late 19th century were two women, both born in New York in 1855: Buffalo native Kitty O'Neil and her Manhattan-born rival Kitty Sharp. The form survived into the 20th century mainly among African-American tap dancers, including John Bubbles, Sammy Davis, Jr., Harriet Brown, Howard "Sandman" Sims and Gregory Hines."
"Kitty O'Neil's Champion - Jig" and "Kitty Sharpe's Champion - Jig" are both in Ryan's. I often wonder about the origins of tunes in Ryan's. Thanks to your post, Paul, I now have a little background for two more of the 1050 tunes. I think Ryan's was published in 1883. So those two tunes were likely less than 10 years old at the time.
I recall that Essence of Old Virginny ( Buckley 1860 ) was one of those also. ( Sand Jig )
Howe (1868) has a two part version of Kitty O'Neil, though they are close to the first two parts in Ryans.
Didn't even think to look there but that's interesting. I have 1867 for Howe's.
That would mean that if, indeed, Kitty O'Niel was born in 1855, she would have gained notoriety at least by the age to 12! and..............before....... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_O%27Neil_(dancer)
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