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Tune ID#1976 (Tripping Up the Stairs)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tripping Up the Stairs about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Dbl (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tripping Up the Stairs / Tripping Upstairs / Trip it Upstairs / Sacko's Jig / Sackow's / The Jew Jig / Syriacus / The Pride of Kildare (2nd in set Jigs on JReidy 3; for 3rd figure of Sliabh Luachra Set on JRSLCB 2) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Flanagan's #6880)
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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).
~19785#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes). For this tune: 1st time Keenan (pipes), 2nd time Glackin (fiddle), then together.
~19811.3#2
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~19967#2
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
~19983#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Munster Buttermilk
JReidy 3, JRSLCB 2
Kitty's Rambles
JB 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Mist on the Meadow
JReidy 3, JRSLCB 2
Fraher's
Dbl

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 jig #53 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #1 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #94 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 112 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 192 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #135 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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): 1978