I’ve had a couple of notes from people looking for “more jigs”.Â So for the jig hounds here is a 4-parted 6/8 jig, “Jenny Hazzard”, from “Old & New Tunes“, published 1995.Â Â I’ve played this in solo jig competitions with success and I’m pretty sure Peel Police Pipe Band played a couple of parts in a competition medley when I was PM in the mid 90s.Â
This is an interesting tune to me because theÂ third part sounds almost – almost – like a different tune.Â The key change is a bit of a surprise (and ain’t that a good andÂ rare thing – a surprise, I mean), though, I think, works fine.
I see there is a wee typo in bar 7 ofÂ the 4th part: the D strikeÂ is meant to be a shallow strike (so that should read as a C gracenote and not low G gracenote between the two D eighth notes).Â Really, though, you play what you like.Â Shallow or heavy strikes – whatever.Â My usual preference is a shallow strike but that’s mainly, I think, toÂ temper myÂ technical style.
Jenny Hazzard, of course, is one of the best pipers anywhere and one of my favourite people.Â She is a Canadian from Woodbridge,Â aÂ small town now part of north Toronto suburbiaÂ Â [Wooda-breej to the many, mostly Italian, locals) and has lived for the last 10 years or so in Edinburgh with hubby (and my pal), Colin MacLellan.Â In fact, May 30th this year will mark their 10th wedding anniversary, so I suppose they’ll be looking for prezzies …
She was really well taught – I know her first teacher very (very) well 🙂
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