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In our recent investigations of late Colonial - Early American music that works quite naturally on the banjo we found this 18 Century jig in the Perkins Manuscript (1790). Site members James Pentecost, Mark Weems, Bryant Henderson, and Jack Whaley in a recent gathering in Durham, NC.

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Comment by Nicholas A Bechtel on December 19, 2012 at 11:35am

I had a moment where I couldn't find it either..just searchers error. I am settling in today and learning it. Thanks again guys for sharing.

Comment by Silas Tackitt on December 19, 2012 at 8:47pm

Can I buy a vowel? 

Comment by Mark Weems on December 19, 2012 at 8:54pm


I'm going to work on a tab version very soon which will also have the notation - I'll send you a copy

Comment by CURTIS PAYNE on March 12, 2014 at 7:21pm

Mark what a great song to fine and bring back to life.   I can hear a flute or violin playing right along with it as well.  I would of course like to get a copy of the tabs if you have it.  Again a great find and nice job of performing. 

Comment by Sule Greg Wilson on January 3, 2021 at 2:19am

Hello!  Thanks for sharing.  Yes; I'd also love to see the original score, to try my hand at it, if you do have it.  Also--was there a name on that piece, or did you give it that title?

Comment by Mark Weems on May 17, 2021 at 12:08am

It's mentioned in Epstein and yes, that is its original name

Comment by Sule Greg Wilson on May 19, 2021 at 1:02am

So, Alain Locke did not coin that phrase after all; eh?


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