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Tune ID#1489 (Out on the Ocean)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the Ocean about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AIC2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Out on the Ocean / Out in the Ocean / Over the Sea / Portroe Jig / Portroe / O'Connell's Jig on Top of Mount Everest / Split the Whisker / The Banks of Ahasnagh / Banks of Ahasnagh / Crossing the Bogs / Mick Mulcahy's / Tierney's Jig / A Clare Jig (for 3rd figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in A)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~195911#2
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle).
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~19597#2
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with P.J. Hayes.
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197610#2
[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina). For this tune: Charlie Coen (concertina).
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197711#2
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~19802#1
[Plx 6] Planxty. The Woman I Loved so Well. Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, synthesizer), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Christy Moore (guitar, bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: with Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle).
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~198110#3
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Bb flute).
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~19822#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~19869#2
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals).
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~19881#1
[Boys 14] Boys of the Lough. Sweet Rural Shade. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathall McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano).
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~19929#3
[PHt] Parson's Hat. The Better Match. Bríd Ní Chatháin (harp, vocals), Fred Johnston (guitar, vocals, mandolin), Janet Sutton (whistle), Paul Wilkins (piano accordion, whistle, keyboards, piano).
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19931.3#2
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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~19967#2
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán).
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~199815#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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19993#2
[MH 4] Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill. Live in Seattle. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
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~199929#2
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Harry McGowan (flute), Mick Loftus (flute).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #795 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #68 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 33 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #82 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
On page 38 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As jig #39 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #164 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #84 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 100 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 171 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #95 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As sgjig #22 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #178 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903