Top It Off slip jig

Also known as The Booley House Jig, Cuir Barr Air, Rouse It.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with McFadden’s Handsome Daughter (a few times).

Top It Off has been added to 54 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|A2F~F3d2A|Bcde2cd2B|A2D FGAd2A|BcdA2F~D3|
A2D~D3d2A|Bcde2cd2B|A2D FGAd2A|BcdA2FD2:|
|:g|f2Ad2cd2f|e2=cc2Bc2e|d2GB2GB2d|^c2AA2ea2g|
f2Ad2cd2f|e2=cc2Bc2e|d2A B^cde2c|d3d3d2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c2 A A2 c f2 c | def gfe fed | c2 A A2 c f2 c | ded c2 A F2 :|
a2 f f2 e f2 a | g2 _e e2 ^d e2 g | f2 d d2 ^c d2 f |1 edc gfe f2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E2 G G2 ^F G2 G | A2 d d2 c BAG | E2 G G2 ^F G2 G | ABc d2 B c2 :|
e2 c c2 B c2 e | d2 _B B2 A B2 d | c2 A A2 ^G A2 c |1 B2 G G2 B d2 :|
ABC
X: 4
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AGF AGF d2 A | Bcd edc d2 B | AGF AGF d2 A | Bcd AGF D2 :|
f2 d dcd dcd | e2 =c cBc cBc |1 d2 B B^AB BAB | c2 A A^GA AG :|
2 d=cB dcB d^cB | AGF edc d2 ||
ABC
X: 5
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2GF2A dcA |B2 c d2 e fdB|A2GF2A dcA|BdB AFA D3|
f2 d d2 f agf|e2 d c2 e gfe|f2 d d2 f agf|efd cdB A3|
f2 d d2 f agf|e2 d c2 e gfe|d2 c B2 c dcB|efd cdB A3||
ABC
X: 6
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
cAA^G A2 Ac |[1 BGGF G2 :|[2 A/B/c dB c2 |]
dBB^A B2 Bd |[1 cAAG A2 :|[2 B/c/d ec d2 |]
ABC
X: 7
T: Top It Off
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
P: Extra beat in bars 4 and 8 of 1st part as played
|:B|A2F~F3d2A|Bcde2cd2B|A2F~F3d2A|BcdA2FD2AD2B|
A2F~F3d2A|Bcde2cd2B|A2F~F3d2A|BcdA2FD2AD2:|
|:g|f2dd2cd2f|e2=cc2Bc2e|d2BB2AB2d|c2AA2GA2g|
f2dd2cd2f|e2=cc2Bc2e|d2A Bcde2c|d3d3d2:|
ABC

Fifteen comments

This slip jig is a version of the reel "The Sunny Banks." The Chieftains play the slip jig and the reel on track 1 of Bonaparte’s Retreat. The album notes refer to the reel as a version of the slip jig "Top It Off."

“Connemara” / “The Connemara” ~ mystery tune?! & sibling

Submitted on April 19th 2006 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5685

Check out the variations here and also the 3/4 relative with ‘snaps’…

“Top It Off” / “Rouse It” ~ 16 bars / measures

R: Hop Jig
|: d |
c2 A A2 c f2 c | def gfe fed | c2 A A2 c f2 c | ded c2 A F2 :|
|: f |
a2 f f2 e f2 a | g2 _e e2 ^d e2 g | f2 d d2 ^c d2 f |1 edc gfe f2 :|
2 edc gfe fe ||

A similar version in this key can be found in –
"Dance Music of Ireland, 2nd Collection" ~ Levy, 1873
&
"Traditional Dance Music of England and Ireland:
Slip Jigs & Waltzes" ~ Kennedy, 1999

Both of these transcriptions are 16 bars/measures in length… This is as I know and have known it, and is what ‘feels right’, rather than the 32 bars/measures given here… I have other notations of this tune and all are 16 measures. The AAB versions are with an A-part of 4 bars that repeats and a B-part of 8 bars that do not repeat. One modern notation has a similar set of notes but they had the 8 bar B-part repeat, making a tune of 24 bars/measures…

K: F Major, sort of… ;-)

Sorry, I forgot…

K: C Major-ish

|: G |
E2 G G2 ^F G2 G | A2 d d2 c BAG | E2 G G2 ^F G2 G | ABc d2 B c2 :|
|: =f |
e2 c c2 B c2 e | d2 _B B2 A B2 d | c2 A A2 ^G A2 c |1 B2 G G2 B d2 :|
2 ABc d2 B c2 ||

Playing havoc with a melody, kickin’ it up ~

I have been having great fun with this one, playng just the one melody in its different forms and in variations, here’s one direction I’ve taken it:

9/8 Slip Jig ~ 9/8 Hop Jig ~ 3/4 Highland ~ 4/4 Highland ~ 4/4 Reel

Here are some of the 9/8 slip jiggish ways I’ve taken it:

K: D Major

|: B |
AGF AGF d2 A | Bcd edc d2 B | AGF AGF d2 A | Bcd AGF D2 :|
|: g |
f2 d dcd dcd | e2 =c cBc cBc |1 d2 B B^AB BAB | c2 A A^GA AG :|
2 d=cB dcB d^cB | AGF edc d2 ||

Version in Martin Hayes’ Welcome Back Here

Same tune, very different version though, so I’m almost tempted to post it separately. Also #69 in CREI.

X: 1
T: Top It Off; The Booley House
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K: Dmaj
A2GF2A dcA |B2 c d2 e fdB|A2GF2A dcA|BdB AFA D3|
f2 d d2 f agf|e2 d c2 e gfe|f2 d d2 f agf|efd cdB A3|
f2 d d2 f agf|e2 d c2 e gfe|d2 c B2 c dcB|efd cdB A3||

“The Booley House” / “Cuir Barr Air” / “Top It Off”

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on April 30th 2008 by Ger the Rigger.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/8492

The above Martin Hayes version given a place of its own…

For the benefit of ‘random_notes’ & general mayhem ~ 8-)

http://www.thesession.org/discussions/19616

X: 6
T: Top It Off
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Cmix
|: GF |\
EGGF E2 GE | Addc BAGF |
E2 GF ECGB | ABcd c2 :|
|: df |\
eccB c/d/c Gf | dBBA B2 Bf |
cAA^G A2 Ac |[1 BGGF G2 :|[2 A/B/c dB c2 |]

X: 6
T: Top It Off
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
|: AG |\
FAAG F2 AF | Beed cBAG |
F2 AG FDAc | Bcde d2 :|
|: eg |\
fddc d/e/d Ag | eccB c2 cg |
dBB^A B2 Bd |[1 cAAG A2 :|[2 B/c/d ec d2 |]

I see my version still isn’t up here then …

Well, let’s see it then… ;-)

I thought you were going to post it?

Top It Off

X:7 from the piping of Tommy Reck or Willie Clancy, or the fiddling of Paddy Glackin. The 1st part puts me in mind of the Sunny Banks but not the 2nd. The extra bar in the 4th and 8th bars I’ve included here was as played by all of the above mentioned artists, the Chieftains dispensed with it. Listening to them play it is frankly unsettling! I’ve got that extra beat burnt into my fingers. The one time I essayed this in public it was quite a train wreck. Train Reck…In Ceol Rince na Eireann Vol 1 Tommy Reck’s teacher John Potts’s setting doesn’t have this extra beat either. Wonder where that wandered in from. Or Breandan edited it out? Somewhere or another I read that this tune was associated with Sligo, too.