History of this fiddle tune
Swallowtail Jig is a well-known fiddle tune and is meant to be a dance. According to the book Fiddler Philharmonic, it is sometimes also called The Dancingmaster. It was written during the Irish immigration to the United States in the nineteenth century. Of course the Irish immigrants wanted their music to live on and so it’s one of the tunes that became very popular in America. Since one should dance to the music, sometimes it’s repeated a couple of times and played together with other fiddle tunes like a medley.
A nice version of Swallowtail Jig is this one by a seven-person acoustic ensemble.
My recording of Swallowtail Jig
It’s been a real challenge because it’s pretty fast. I’ve had to work on bow control and string crossings to be able to play this fiddle song. And I’ve practiced Swallowtail Jig a lot with the metronome. In the end it turned out pretty well I think. Of course, it’s not even close to the above recording, but at least I’m happy with the result.
I guess I am going to learn each and every tune that’s in this Beginner Fiddle Collection from virtualsheetmusic.com. I really love this collection of 25 fiddle tunes. They are fun and all come with piano accompaniment to play along. Since Swallowtail Jig was the fifth fiddle tune I’ve learned, I have still twenty to go
So, till next time