Off To Wisconsin reel

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X: 1
T: Off To Wisconsin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de | "D"f2 ef d2 ef | "G"g2 fg "A"e2 de | "D"f2 de fed=c | "G"Bd "A"cA "D"d2 :|
|: fg | "D"agfe d2 ef | "C"g2 fg e2 de | "D"fed=c "G"B2 gf | "A"edce "D"d2 :|
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Off to Wisconsin

A tune by my old whistle and flute teacher, the late P. W. McCrory. I like to "swing" the eighth notes and slide into the high G’s.

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C: P. W. McCrory

Please ell us more about P.W. McCrory?! What kind of a teacher were they, and how/what did they teach?

C: P. W. McCrory

Well, McCrory was actually my high-school math teacher, but he knew enough about music to impart the basics. I mostly learned tunes from him (and have mostly forgotten them). This is one of the few that has hung around for some reason. Recently I have been pairing it with "Cauld Kail in Aberdeen," which I think is actually a song, not a dance, but the two go well together.

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Brilliant! I love the tales behind tunes, and even more so behind people. Was the title in honour of some occasion? I gather he was a trad flute player? Did he play for the local dances? The melody as you’ve given it has something of a ‘contra dance’ feel to it.

I used ‘they’ as I didn’t want to assume there any sex to P.W. Now we know it’s a ‘he’…

On that ‘feel’, even more so if as you say you "swing the eighth notes and slide into the high g’s"…

Yes, I agree, it has a contra dance feel to it. I don’t recall there ever being any dancing of that sort in our corner of the world (small town in the Midwest), but McCrory traveled widely and I imagine the tune popped into his head as he was setting off on one of his trips.

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Polka bands!? 😉

X: 2
T: Off To Wisconsin
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: polka
K: Dmaj
|: d>e |\
f2 ef | de/d/ Af | g2 d/e/f/g/ | eA de |
f2 d>e | f2 d=c | Bg c/B/A | d2 :|
|: d/e/f/g/ |\
aA f/g/f/e/ | dA eA/f/ | g2 fg | eA de |
f>e d=c | Bg/f/ g>f | ed c/d/e/c/ | d2 :|

Ha! I think I would have to hear it on an accordion to be fully convinced… ;)

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