Gig (musical performance)
Gig is a term commonly used by musicians with reference to their performances.
The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes it as "A term commonly applied to a musical engagement of one night’s duration only; to undertake such an engagement." The first documented use of this term in this way appears in 1926: Melody Maker 7 September, 1926, with the story byline stating, "One Popular Gig Band Makes Use of a Nicely Printed Booklet.
A gig is any type of performance with audience. A musician has a gig when he or she has a show to play. Likewise, when a musician or a musical band playing multiple shows in one location or touring, the term used is gigging.
According to Richard Digance on UK TV Channel 4's Countdown, this definition derives from a small carriage in New Orleans, Louisiana known as a gig, where black musicians could perform, so they would not be arrested for playing on the street.
From "Jig": The term jig was probably derived from the French 'giguer'. It was known as a dance in sixteenth-century England, often in 2/4 time, and the term was used for a dancing entertainment in sixteenth century plays.
- www.gigapics.co.uk Festival pictures
- Uk Gig Guide
- My Concert Archive an open gigs archive
- Essex Gig Guide An Essex Gig Guide
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