The Ships Are Sailing reel

Also known as All Da Ships Ir Sailin, All Da Ships Ir Sailin’, All The Ships Are Sailing, The Ships A Sailing, Ships A-Sailing, Ships Are Sailing, Take Her Out And Air Her.

There are 78 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The New Mown Meadows (a few times), The Pinch Of Snuff (a few times), The Sally Gardens (a few times), Ambrose Moloney’s (a few times).

The Ships Are Sailing has been added to 896 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Ships Are Sailing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Beed BcdB | AD (3FED A,D (3FED | ~E3F GFGA | Beef gfed |
Beed BcdB | AD (3FED A,D (3FED | ~E3F GFGA | Beed e3z :||
~g3a bgeg | ~f3g afdf | gfga bgaf | gefd e2 de |
gfga bgeg | fefg afdf | g2bg f2af | edef gfed :||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Ships Are Sailing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
ef| ge3 b'e3 | fd3 ad3 | ge3 b'e3 | fAdf e3f |
ABC
X: 3
T: The Ships Are Sailing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|cAB^G A=GEF|GABc dBGB|cAB^G A=GED|EAA^G A2AB|
cAB^G A=GEF|GABc dBGB|cAB^G A=GED|EAA^G A2||
AB|cdef g2eg|a2ed cAAB|cdef gfgd|eaa^g a2AB|
cdef g2eg|aged cAAB|cAB^G A=GED|EAA^G A2||
ABC

Ten comments

Ships are Sailing

I saw this track listed on the "Murphy Roche Irish Music Club", and was surprised that such a common tune wasn’t listed here before. This tune can be really nice in the right hands. I usually play it as a single reel by myself to make it less repetitive, but it’s still a double reel at sessions.

i play it as a double reel. when i learned it i had trouble with it because i would play it as a single reel and then stop and start over because i didnt learn it as one.

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A Whistle Friendly Adjustment

As you may have noticed, in the second bar of the A part, goes to the A below the staff. This is normally adjusted to the standard low A on your whistle.

Nice version

On the CD "Traditional music in support of Doolin Coastguards", this tune is played by Martin Hayes, John Williams on the box and Eoin O’Neill on bouzouki! It’s followed by The Graf Spey… brilliant!

tony macmahon’s fingering in Ships are Sailing

Hi there - could you tell me what are Tony McMahon’s fingers doing when he’s playing the last time through the B part of Ships are Sailing - see the following link.

http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=P26i_g_RjE4



I can’t seem to replicate it and wondered if anyone else knows what he was up to.

thanks
Nathan

Re: tony macmahon’s fingering in Ships are Sailing

i play that fingering sometimes. it doesn’t sound good when other people are playing though, clashes with the melody.

he’s playing g, then rolling e, then hitting high b, rolling e again, then hitting f, rolling d, hitting the a, rolling d again. So something like:

ef| ge3 b’e3 | fd3 ad3 | ge3 b’e3 | fAdf e3f |

Re: tony macmahon’s fingering in Ships are Sailing

One of my all-time favorite clips. :-D

From Petrie’s collection

X: 1
T: Take her out and air her-a Cork reel
M: 2/2
K: A Dorian
Z: From P. Carew’s MSS
Z: Petrie’s #397
AB|cAB^G A=GEF|GABc dBGB|cAB^G A=GED|EAA^G A2AB|
cAB^G A=GEF|GABc dBGB|cAB^G A=GED|EAA^G A2||
AB|cdef g2eg|a2ed cAAB|cdef gfgd|eaa^g a2AB|
cdef g2eg|aged cAAB|cAB^G A=GED|EAA^G A2||

Interesting mixed-mode take on it, different key.

In the collection, it’s notated as Am, but all the Fs are sharp, so I simplified by notating it as Dorian. Otherwise, it’s the same.

Pairs

This tune pairs great with the Dash to Portabello, if you can mange to not mix up the second parts of each.