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Tune ID#1444 (Off She Goes)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Off She Goes about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TDMI (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Single jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Off She Goes / Off She Goes! / The Launch / Lancer's Quadrille (also as slide)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~195832#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Paddy Breen (whistle).
197717#2
[JOL 1] Johnny O'Leary. Music for the Set. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra. Johnny O'Leary (accordion). For this tune: with Ellen O'Leary (whistle), Maurice O'Keefe (fiddle).
199220#2
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Mick Moloney (banjo).
~199914#1
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Brendan, Billy.
20142#3
[SSands] Seamus Sands. Across Bridges. Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing. Seamus Sands (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Black Rogue
TDMI
Gallant Tipperary Boys
JOL 1
Queen of the Fair
TDrty
Dance in Tekeli
SSands

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #914 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #385 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 41 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #98 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 204 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].

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