Sheet Music: Jockey to the Fair

TitleJockey to the Fair
Alternate titlesJogging at the Fair
General Action
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2016-02-22
Last updated2016-02-22
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Monday 22 February 2016

Tune of the Day: Jockey to the Fair

Traditional English dance tune

This melody, dating at least from the mid-18th century, was a popular tune throughout England and served several functions, including dancing and marching. Morris dance versions are widespread, while one version of the tune was used as a march in the British army during the Revolutionary War period. The word “jockey” is Scottish in origin and derives from the word “joculator”, which by the 17th century meant an itinerant minstrel.

The oldest occurrence of this tune in print is in T. Straight's 24 Favourite Dances for the Year 1779, under the title “General Action”.