Sheet Music: Steam Boat Quick Step

TitleSteam Boat Quick Step
Alternate titlesThe Steamboat March
Uncle Jim
The Washington Quickstep
A Prayer Is Better Than A Tune
Is Fearr Paidir ná Port
The Minion
ComposerTraditional American
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2019-06-07
Last updated2019-06-07
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.6 (below average)
Marches, Quickstep, Traditional/Folk


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Friday 7 June 2019

Tune of the Day: Steam Boat Quick Step

arranged for two flutes

Also known as “Uncle Jim” in Ontario, this tune is a staple of fiddling in that region. It was picked up by American contra dancers, and became associated with the dance Steamboat Quickstep, acquiring the name of the dance. The tune is however quite a bit older, and may have a Scottish or English provenance. North Yorkshire musician and miller Joshua Jackson entered it into his 1798 music manuscript collection under the title “The Minion”.

The present arrangement for two flutes is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.