Saturday 10 March 2018
Tune of the Day: Jamaica
Traditional English tune
The earliest appearance of this tune is in the 4th edition of Henry Playford's The Dancing Master, dated 1670, under the title “Jameko”. The 19th-century antiquarian William Chappell notes that the tune seems to have appeared shortly after the Spanish island of Santiago was appropriated by the English in 1655, and renamed “Jamaica”.
Several sets of lyrics have been set to this tune, including most notably “The Jovial Broom Man” and “The Slow Men of London; or, the Widow Brown”.
Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!