Jack Lattin


From The John Buttrey Manuscript.

Also known as Jacky Layton and with several spellings of "Lattin", this (probably Irish) tune is known all over the British Isles as both a fiddle and pipe melody. (Uilleann and Northumbrian pipes) It goes back to the early 1700s and has been cited as a possible ancestor of the tune "Yankee Doodle".

There seem to be a number of stories about the Jack named in the title, the most intriguing of which involves him dancing himself to death at an early age. This idea got the tune mentioned in James Joyce's "Ulysses", where the Honourable Mrs Mervyn Tallboys threatens Leopold Bloom with a flogging. 'I'll make it hot for you. I'll make you dance Jack Latten!"

There is a lengthy and interesting dissertation about this tune on the Fiddler's Companion Website and its newer iteration The Traditional Tune Archive.

It is a tune that is often played on Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes. It also plays nicely on Scottish pipes. so I have transposed it into A, for anyone who wants to try that out.


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Title Jack Lattin
Subject John Buttrey Manuscript Reels, Hornpipes, Strathspeys, Marches
Year 1800
Locale Central
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