Tune of the Day: Jackson's Bottle of Claret
This jig is attributed to the famous 18th-century gentleman musician Walker ‘Piper’ Jackson, of the townland of Lisduan, County Limerick, Ireland. Its earliest appearances are in Cooke's Selection of the Present Favourite Country Dances for the Year 1796 and in Morris Hime's Second Collection of Favorite Country Dances (Dublin, 1796).
In Cooke's collection the tune appears under the title “The River Cree”, which is the name of a Scottish country dance, still popular, named for the River Cree in Dumfries and Galloway. A number of jigs are played for the dance medley, although it most often starts with “Jackson's Bottle of Claret”.