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PORTROE [1]. AKA and see "Banks of Ahasnagh," "Crossing the Bogs," “Mick Mulcahy's (1),” “Out on the Ocean (1),” “Over the Sea (2),” “O'Connell's Jig on the Top of Mount Everest.” Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Portroe is a village near Nenagh, north County Tipperary, by Lough Derg, with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. Accordion player and composer Paddy O’Brien (1922-1991) who perfected the B/C style, was originally from Portroe. The tune “Portroe” is more commonly known today in session play as “Out on the Ocean.” It was recorded under the “Portroe” title by Clare fiddlers Paddy Canny and P.J. Hayes in 1959. Another tune whose title mentions the village is Seán Ryan’s “Twilight in Portroe.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: McGuire & Keegan (Irish Tunes by the 100, vol. 1), 1975; No. 26, p. 7. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music vol. 2), 1977; No. 30. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 33.

Recorded sources: Avoca 33-AV-121, "Traditional Music of Ireland, VI." Shanachie 76001, Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Bridie Lafferty & Peader O’Loughlin – “An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway.”

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [3]




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