Bobby Brown's Jig


A jig by Jack Hayes (1915?-1995?) Jack was a fiddler, square dance caller and composer who lived in Toronto for many years although I believe he may have originally hailed from northwest of the city in the Halton area. Although I played regularly with Jack in the early 1980s I don't know much about his personal life. He was part of the the old-time fiddle and dance scene around Toronto for decades and told stories of having been the bouncer at Playter's Hall, a Toronto dance hall (which still stands in 2016) at the corner of Broadview and Danforth. This was one of the regular haunts of George Wade and His Cornhuskers. Jack said he used to call dances with the band when George Wade himself was unavailable. Jack composed a great many, sometimes quirky, tunes.

Bobby Brown (1941-2011) was a Scots/Canadian pianist and accordionist who was a well-respected musician in the world of Scottish Country Dance. He lived in Ontario for many years and played with Jack Hayes on many occasions. He recorded a number of Jack's tunes with his Scottish Accent band and it was through one of these recordings that Jack's "Lemonville Jig" became a standard throughout the British Isles.


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Title Bobby Brown's Jig
Subject Jack Hayes Tunes Jigs
Year 1973
Locale Southwestern
Keywords Bobby Brown Toronto

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