For enthusiasts of early banjo
From Dan Emmett's manuscripts, in Hans Nathan, "Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy," University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.
Thanks, Tim. I totally agree. The CCD rendition is perfect in every way - haunting and hypnotic. Ever give it a shot with Al?
Yes, I think we have tried it. The banjo is plunky and rhythmic, but the fiddle is lyrical.
Dang...maybe we didn't. Al??
Could someone actually dance a jig to this? Seems the wrong kind of timing. Wondering- did Emmett title it as a jig...?
Did Emmett present it as a banjo piece? Was a fiddle part included in the original, or was that left up to improvising fiddlers?
Remember, "Jig" was a word used loosely for almost anything. And the music, although from Emmett, is just a manuscript as I recall.
I would assume it was written for fiddle. Here is the transcription of it as it appears in the Nathan book:
This is the original Manuscript.
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