St Patrick's Day Jig

Erskine Nicol (1825-1904): ‘The 16th, 17th (Saint Patrick’s Day) and 18th March’ (1856)

St. Patrick's Day

Mar 17

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

"If you can say ‘carrots and cabbages, carrots and cabbages’ in time to the music its a jig. If you can say ‘double decker, double decker’ in time to the music it’s a reel." ~ Helpful hints

Today, the jig dance and musical form is most associated with Irish dance music, Scottish Country Dance and the Métis people in Canada. Jigs were originally in duple compound meter, (e.g., 12/8 time), but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they are often classified into groups, including light jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble jigs!

St Patrick's Day Jig

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!  For a more complete listing of dances suitable for St. Patrick's Day, visit the  St. Patrick's Day Theme Page.

The jig developed in 16th-century England and was quickly adopted on the Continent where it eventually became the final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite (French gigue; Italian and Spanish giga).

Today the jig is most associated with Irish dance music and Scottish Country dance, amongst others. Jigs were originally in duple compound meter, (e.g., 12/8 time), but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they are often classified into groups, including light jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble jigs!

As Irish people emigrated all over the world, they took their cultural traditions with them.  Sean-nós  (old style Irish step dancing) has influenced various other forms of traditional solo dance, especially those found in areas with strong Irish communities.

 

Sean-nós dance likely influenced the development of many American and Canadian traditional percussive dance forms, such as buck dancing, flatfooting, clogging, and  tap dancing.

To see the Scottish version of an Irish jig, complete with the brandishing of the shillelagh, click the dancers.

St Patrick's Day Jig
St Patrick's Day Jig

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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the

 

Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 

 

Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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