Crossing To Ireland waltz

Also known as An T-aiseadh Do Dh’ Eireann, An T-aiseag Do Dh’Eireann, The Crossing To Ireland.

There are 12 recordings of this tune.

Crossing To Ireland has been added to 6 tune sets.

Crossing To Ireland has been added to 67 tunebooks.

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Ten comments

L: 1/4

… is what you need for this transcription to come out properly.

A slow washerwoman?

I always thought this was derived from “The Irish Washerwoman.”

“Winston Fitzgerald: A Collection of Fiddle Tunes”

arranged and edited by Paul Stewart Cranford
Cranford Publications, 1997
ISBN: 0-9691181-7-1

Page 90: “Crossing to Ireland” ~ E Dorian

I second Kevin’s recommendation, a brilliant fiddler and a lovely collection, thanks to Paul Cranford for putting in the time to bring such treasures to us all, in recordings and transcriptions…

Re. L:1/4

Right you are, but the abc editor won’t let me edit the headers, will it? Them as downloads it can make the necessary adjustment…

Crossing to Ireland

The title of this tune evokes for me an image of returning. Since it is so sad sounding, It occurred to me that many first-generation immigrants who found success in their new lands had there remains returned to be interred in the the Old Sod. Images of dockside farewells to coffins being loaded on came to my mind, and the song certainly would make a fine sendoff tune in any circumstances.

Re: L:1/4 Here is a formatted version

Adding a version with L:1/4 is not easy since a header I’d presupplied with L:1/8 as explained above. But here is the ABC reformatted for L:1/4 and extra bar lines added. It is much clearer to read:

X: 2
T: Crossing To Ireland
Z: kichu49, eonasick reformatted
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/4
K: Edor
E/F/|:“Em”GE E/D/ |B, E>F|G E/F/ G |B>B A/G/|“D”FD D|A, DD|FDD |“Bm”A>A G/F/|
“Em”GE E/D/ |B, E>F|G E/F/ G |B2 A|“G”G>A B/c/ |“D”dcB|1“B7”AGF |“Em” E2 E/F/:|2“B7”AGF |“Em” E>e e/f/||
“Em”ge e|B e>B|GE E |E>b a/g/|“D”fd d|A d>A|FD D|D>a g/f/|
“Em”ge e|B e>B|GE g |“Bm”f2 e|“G”G>A B/c/ |“D”dcB|“B7”AGF |“Em”E2 e/f/|
“Em”ge e|B ee|EGB |e/f/ g/b/ a/g/|“D”fdd |A d>A|DFA |“Bm”d/e/ f/g/ a/f/|
“Em”g>f e |“B7”f>e ^d|“Em”e>d B |“D”A>G F|“G”G>A B/c/ |“D”d cB|“B7”AGF |“Em”E2||

Re: Crossing To Ireland

This tune appears im Captain Fraser’s collection, and that was probably where it was first published. It’s written out in 12/8 and is to be played slow. Also, in that collection it is in F minor, with all the Ds played as naturals. Of course the Es are often naturalized as well, to make it in F melodic minor as was the custom in books at that time- it’s probably meant to be dorian.
In F the lower Ab and G are used frequently in the A part, which adds a neat feel to it. It seems like it is usually transposed down to E minor as it’s written here.