A1 All clap on first beat and hands four to L A2 All clap and hands four to R B1-4 with partner: clap tag R, tag L, with opposite the same 5-6 Quick diagonal changes: W cross by L shoulder and turn L M cross by R shoulder and turn R 7-8 Repeat back to places 9-10 Pass through by R shoulder on to next couple
Dancing Master of 1670 and adapted by Cecil Sharp in 1911.
It is a proper duple minor longways dance.
(Intro) A 1-4 Up a double, and fall back 5-8 That again B 1-4 Set forward to partner and fall back turning single 5-8 That again Part 1 A 1-4 M1, followed by W2, cast left below M2 return up center to places 5-8 W1, followed by M2, cast right below W2 return up center to places A2 1-4 1s lead down, turn alone and lead back 5-6 1s cast down as 2s lead up 7-8 1s set Part 2 A 1-4 M1 moves between women, take hands, all three move out, and fall back 5-8 W1 moves between men, take hands, all three move out, and fall back B 1-2 Circle left half 3-4 All set 5-6 Circle right half 7-8 1s cast down as 2s lead up Part 3 A 1-4 1s cast down into the middle of a line of four between 2s 5-8 Line of four up a double, fall back, bending the line B 1-4 1s two hand turn as 2s set twice 5-8 2s two hand turn as 1s set twice
According to Grose's The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue a 'black jack' was “a jug to drink out of, made of jacked leather.” The black jack was a sturdy leather tumbler lined with resin or black pitch as waterproofing and was a common tankard in alehouses and taverns, or anyplace where drink was typically served. Whether the tune title refers to this is unknown, as alternative explanations may be equally plausible.