Off In The Morning reel

Also known as Croghan Hill, God Speed The Plough, Ireland In New York, Kane’s, Nugent’s, Speed The Plough.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Off In The Morning has been added to 5 tune sets.

Off In The Morning has been added to 56 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Off In The Morning
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|~G3B dB (3BBB|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAGB|Add^c d=cBA|
|~G3B dB (3BBB|gBfB eBdB|c2 (3ABc BAGB|1 ADFA G2 (3DEF:|2 ADFA GABd||
|:~g3f gdBd|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAGB|Add^c defa|
|~g3f gdBd|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAGB|1 ADFA GABd:|2 ADFA G2 (3DEF||
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X: 2
T: Off In The Morning
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
zD|GzGB dB~B2|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c decA|
GDGB dB~B2|(3gag fg egdB|cBAc BAGB|ADFA G2:|
|:Bd|gzgf gdBd|(3gag fg egdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c defa|
fggf gdBd|(3gfg bg egdB|cBAc BAGB|ADFA G2:|
X: 3
T: Off In The Morning
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
zD|GzGB dB~B2|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c decA|
GDGB dB~B2|(3gag fg egdB|cdec BdGB|ADFA G2:|
|:Bd|gzgf gdBd|(3gag fg egdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c defa|
fggf gdBd|(3gfg bg egdB|cdec BdGB|ADFA G2:|
X: 4
T: Off In The Morning
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
||: G3B dB~B2 | gB~B2 dBGB | cedc BAGB | Adde dcBA |
| G3B dB~B2 | gB~B2 dBGB | cedc BAGB | AGFA G4 :||
||: G2gG fGeG | (3ded (3Bcd gdBG | (3FED AD BDAD | FDFA cAFA |
| G2gG fGeG | (3ded (3Bcd gdBd | cedc BAGB | ADFA G4 :||

Eighteen comments

Off in the Morning

This is one of the reels in the Speed the Plough family, and also goes by that name though it is quite different from the first Speed the Plough I learned.

I didn’t mean to fulfill my own request—sorry Jeremy, I hit that link by accident. Your new search menu for tune titles threw me for a loop. I guess I was a bit "off" in the evening.

This one goes well after the Wise Maid or Bantry Lasses.

Posted .

This was among the first tunes I learnt. I was introduced to it as ‘Croghan Hill’. Cathal McConnel recorded it (‘On Lough Erne’s Shore’) as Nugent’s Reel - I think, taken from Laurence Nugent.

The other Speed the Plough that Will mentions appears to be related only by marriage - I have studied the two tunes under an electron microscope and found no genetic similarities.

There are many similarities in the two tunes:
They are both reels
They are both Irish
They are both tunes
They are both a sequence of notes
They both have a beginning and end
and so on…

The nugents

David - I think it was Larry Nugent’s father Sean (?) Nugent Cathal credited this tune to. I doubt that Larry was born when Cathal recorded his 1st LP ( or he might have been just walking, in which case, he was probably playing already !).

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Off In The Morning

What a coincidence to see this here. I just started learning this tune on the whistle from an old 1974 Ceolt

Speed The Plough

Sorry, the Irish should have left this one alone. The original Scottish setting in A @ https://thesession.org/tunes/1191 is much nicer I think, but that’s just my personal opinion…

Off In The Morning

Actually no, I take that back - it’s grown on me!

Variation

Will, I find that that gBfB eBdB riff starts to get a bit repetitive after a while, and have found that it alternates nicely with (3gag fg egdB.

…or (3gfg bg egdB.

My version

So how about this for a version that avoids too much repetition:
K: Gmaj
zD|GzGB dB~B2|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c decA|
GDGB dB~B2|(3gag fg egdB|cBAc BAGB|ADFA G2:|
|:Bd|gzgf gdBd|(3gag fg egdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c defa|
fggf gdBd|(3gfg bg egdB|cBAc BAGB|ADFA G2:|

More variations

Or you could also alter the last 2 bars of each part to |~c2ec BcdB|ADFA G2|| or |cdec BzdB|ADFA G2||

Or even better to my ear |cdec BdGB|
K: Gmaj
zD|GzGB dB~B2|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c decA|
GDGB dB~B2|(3gag fg egdB|cdec BdGB|ADFA G2:|
|:Bd|gzgf gdBd|(3gag fg egdB|cBAc BAG2|Add^c defa|
fggf gdBd|(3gfg bg egdB|cdec BdGB|ADFA G2:|

Goes nicely after The Silver Spire.

Idea for a set

Ooh yum, I’ve just discovered it goes well before Palmer’s Gate (Emin version) as well, so you get:
The Silver Spire/Croghan Hill/Palmer’s Gate

It’s very similiar to Peter Street except in a different key.

Idea for a set

petermeller and co play it with Tim Maloney’s https://thesession.org/tunes/621 which has a similar feel and which lower notes (the ones under G) can be played high for good effect, just as in this reel.

Croghan Hill, X:4

Boston box version