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Tune ID#1445 (Off to California)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Off to California about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording GD (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Off to California / The Humours of California / Whiskey Hornpipe / The Whiskey Hornpipe / Fireman's Reel (3rd in set Up the Hill of Down on FBros) (also in A or D, also as schottische) (compare 1st part with 1st part of hornpipe Whiskey You're the Devil! #3691 and with 1st part of schottische Sweet Flowers of Milltown #1924)
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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).
19298#3
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
19318#1
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Michael Grogan (accordion).
193718#1
197417#1
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Miko (flute), Gussie (whistle).
~19766#2
[AMPR] Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paddy Reynolds (fiddle).
197818#1
[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion). For this tune: with (banjo).
~1980B.3#3
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar).
19922.7#1
[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).
20012#2
[JBC] Johnny B. Connolly. Bridgetown. Johnny B. Connolly (accordion).
~20042#1
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
~20073#1
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
FBros
Flaherty's Hornpipe
AMPR
Acrobat
Boys 8
Showman's Fancy
JBC
Played beforeOn Albums
Dunphy's Hornpipe
IDM 1
Liverpool Hornpipe
GD
Harvest Home
KKgn
Boys of Bluehill
SDI 2
Home Ruler
GCB 2

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 #1628 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1629 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #859 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #100 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 180 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 19 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
On page 205 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 209 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As hp #41 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #54 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As other #16 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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