Saturday 1 September 2012
Tune of the Day: Ger the Rigger
Traditional Irish tune
This tune can be set variously as a hornpipe, as a single reel, or as a polka. The title seems to refer to a man, “Ger” (probably short for Gerard, Gervase, or Roger, and therefore pronounced with a soft “G”) or “Jer” (short for Jeremiah), and his occupation. In the construction industry, a “rigger” is a person that specializes in the lifting and moving of extremely large or heavy objects.