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Tripping Upstairs

GUEST,Alan Squires 10 Jun 10 - 03:05 AM
TheSnail 10 Jun 10 - 03:14 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 10 Jun 10 - 03:35 AM
Moleskin Joe 10 Jun 10 - 05:37 AM
TheSnail 10 Jun 10 - 05:52 AM
GUEST,Peter Laban 10 Jun 10 - 09:43 AM
GUEST,Moleskin Joe 10 Jun 10 - 11:08 AM
GUEST,Alan Squires 13 Jun 10 - 12:31 PM
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Subject: Tripping Upstairs
From: GUEST,Alan Squires
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 03:05 AM

This morning , radio 3 played some jigs amongst which was Sacko's jig(it was not spelt out but sounded like that - and it was exactly Tripping Upstairs as by Tony Hall. Anyone else come across this and can explain?


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: TheSnail
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 03:14 AM

This is a very useful sit -

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/TRIP.htm#TRIPPING_UPSTAIRS_[2]


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 03:35 AM

If I remember correctly Johnny Moynihan played on the track on Tony Hall's lp. Quite soon after Moynihan was part of De Dannan who recorded the tune as 'Tripping up the Stairs', starting a wave of popularity of the tune in Ireland.


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: Moleskin Joe
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 05:37 AM

I think Sackow's Jig is an American name for it. I have also seen it called The Jew's Jig.


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: TheSnail
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 05:52 AM

From the link I gave -

TRIPPING UPSTAIRS [2]. AKA - "Trip it Up Stairs [2]," "Tripping Up the Stairs." AKA and see "The Jew Jig," "Sacho's Jig," "Sackows," "Syriacus." Irish, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning. AAB (Carlin): AABB (Cranitch, Mallinson): AABB' (Songer): AA'AA'BB (Phillips). A different tune than the similarly entitled "Trip it Up the Stairs." According to David Taylor (1992, pg. 22), it is his information that this tune is the composition of the great Co. Mayo and New York fiddler John McGrath (1900-1955), who originally entitled it "The Jew Jig" (although Paul de Grae thinks this title may have been used for "Banish Misfortune"). Taylor wrote about McGrath after being inspired by several conversations with McGrath's nephew, Vincent McGrath, of Drogheda, who presumably passed along McGrath's title. Sources close to McGrath, however, maintain he only wrote one tune, a reel called "John McGrath's Composition" that appears in Paddy O'Brien's tune book. Philippe Varlet points out that the tune was recorded in 1921 by Frank Quinn, and while it is possible that a young McGrath wrote the tune, it is not probable. Source for notated version: mandolinist Mark Bautista via Sue Songer & Lanny Martin (Portland, Oregon) [Songer]. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 259, pg. 148. Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; pg. 125. Cranitch (Irish Session Tunes: Red Book), 2000; 1. Jordan (Whistle and Sing), 1975; 37. Mallinson (Essential), 1995; No. 94, pg. 41. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), Vol. 2, 1995; pg. 383. Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; pg. 202 (appears as "Tripping Up the Stairs"). Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Vol. 1), 1999; pg. 32. Polydor 2904 005, De Danann - "De Danann" (1975).

X:1
T:Tripping Upstairs
T:Tripping Up the Stairs [2]
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:D
FAA GBB|FAd fed|cBc ABc|dfe dAG|FAA GBB|FAA fed|cBc ABc|dfe d2:|
|:c|dBB fBB|faf fed|cAA eAA|efe edc|dBB fBB|faf fed|cBc ABc|dfe d2:|


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 09:43 AM

Sackow's was the name the tune had in the 1970's Whistle and sing book. That would account for the spread of that name I think.


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: GUEST,Moleskin Joe
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 11:08 AM

It's called Sackow's in The Box,for quite a few years the only available beginner's box tutor.


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Subject: RE: Tripping Upstairs
From: GUEST,Alan Squires
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 12:31 PM

thanks for lightening my darkness - I had no idea it had such a history as to where the tune came from.

Cheers


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