“Crossing the Channel to Eire”
~ Alan Corsini reminded me of the neglect and this tune. It has been some time since I was over on the other side, that side anyway. We have a few long overdo trips and visits to make. That shore is one of our many considered ‘homes’, as much as we can have one… In a restless mood and job hunting and an email from Alan reminded me of yet another slip jig, which I think I also have some other version here to hunt up…
For some reason I remember this as "Crossing the Channel to Eire / Ireland" ~ but I haven’t been finding that title in anything I have here… My mind has had its fun with me before, a constant entertainment and frustration… :-/
“Ceol Rince na hÉireann IV”
Compiled and edited by Breandán Breathnach
An Gúm, Dublin, 1996
Page 23, tune #49: “Ag Trasnáil na Caoile”
“Crossing the Channel” ~ Scottish!?
While I may have first heard it in Eire, my sources suggest Scotland for at least its earliest transcription…
“Kerr’s Fourth Collection of Merry Melodies”
James Spiers Kerr
444 tunes ~ Scottish and ‘Irish’ ~ reels, jigs, Strathspeys, Highland schottisches, country dances, hornpipes, clog dances, waltzes, polkas ~ etc…
Page 23, tune #203: “Crossing the Channel”
A friend of my father’s, a Mayoman and used to travelling between Mayo and England by boat … and also to Scotland by boat as a Harvester and Howker logically assumed that travel between England and Scotland would also be by boat!
Another channel to cross?
X: 2 “Crossing the Channel”
S: "Kerr’s Fourth Collection of Merry Melodies", Glasgow, 1870-75, page 23, tune #203
N: Listed in this collection under "Irish Jigs", pages 22 - 26