Song descriptive of a local fair. To be sung to the tune of 'Drop of brandy'.
This song relates the drunken escapades of a local man at Newcastle Fair. Finding the brandy and other drinks available at the fair too expensive, he is persuaded to try a 'drop o' wour Jacky'. 'Jacky' was a local term for English gin, the drink being known by various names throughout the country. It was common in the early nineteenth century for the working class to drink gin, as at this time it was far more affordable than beer or other spirits.
'Newcastle Fair' was written by local brewery owner James Stawpert. Author of 'Trafalgar's battle' and 'John Diggons', Stawpert is a lesser known author of Tyneside songs. Stawpert died on the 12th March, 1814 aged twenty nine.
This song is part of the John Bell Collection.