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About this tune

The West Point Jig seems to have once been popular all across Prince Edward Island. Its infectious, march-like rhythms were ideal for accompanying certain figures of the quadrille. Observe that the melody tends to vary widely in terms of detail from fiddler to fiddler.

The tune may be named for the small Island community of West Point, situated on the southwestern coast of Prince County near the town of O’Leary.

Notation for the version played by Johnny Joe & Phonsey Chaisson is in Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island.

Tune Selections

Bernard, Alvin - West Point Jig Accompanied by: Edwin Simmons, gtr
Western Queens
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Chaisson, Johnny Joe & Phonsey - West Point Jig Accompanied by: Mary Chaisson, pno
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Doucette, Pat - West Point Jig Accompanied by: Ernie Gallant, gtr
West Prince
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Lecky, Harry - West Point Jig Accompanied by: Florence Silliker Young, pno; Jerry McNally, gtr
West Prince
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Poirier, Zelie-Anne Arsenault - West Point Jig Accompanied by: Jacques Arsenault, gtr; Ken Perlman, bjo
Evangeline Coast / East Prince
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