I learned this tune about 25 years ago from the Moscow (Idaho) musical hippies. It comes into my head now then, but I couldn’t remember the the name. Someone recently reminded me, and so before I forgot it again I posted it… Doh! Now I can’t remember what it sounds like, good thing I put here! :-)
Not sure where the idea came from that this is a traditional Irish barn dance. It’s an American Old Time tune, probably named after the town of Dubuque, Iowa.
What makes you think anybody has this idea? "Not sure where the idea came from that this is a traditional Irish barn dance. It’s an American Old Time tune, probably named after the town of Dubuque, Iowa."
Thanks bunches Frank for setting us all straight on the nature of this tune. Yes, indeed Dubuque is not a traditional Irish tune, but then neither did I claim it was. Since you seem to care, perhaps you should find all the tunes on TheSession which are not traditional Irish tunes a post similar helpful comments. Better still, perhaps you should write all the Irish musicians who’s albums contain non-Irish tunes and set them straight as well. And of course, time and travel allowing, you should police all sessions which might stray from true and pure Irish tunes… Of course you could just chill out a bit. Some sessions are very strict about tunes, some are not.
Perhaps a policy about the origin of tunes should expressed in the form for posting new tunes which indicates whether or not non-Irish tunes are acceptable, but seeing as that is not the currently the case my inclination is to post any tune which I think is a nice tune to play at sessions which are more inclined toward eclectic tune playing.