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X:1 T:Trip it up stairs [1] M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:Goodman obtained the tune from the Swan Manuscript S:The mid-19th cent. music manuscript collection of James Goodman (County Cork, p. 113) F: F:at Trinity College Dublin / Irish Traditional Music Archive Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Edor G2A B2G|A2G FGA|B2E EFE|B2E EFE| G2A B2c|d2A BAG|F2D DED|F2D DED:| |:d2d dAF|DFA dAF|G2E EFE|G2E EFE| dcd edc|dcB ABG|F2D DED|F2D DED:| |:g2g gag|f2 f fgf|e2e e2g|bge e2f| gfg agf|edc BAG|F2D DED|F2D DED:|]

TRIP IT UP STAIRS [1] (Rit suas na staigrib/staigride). AKA and see "Puddle the Butter," "Up and Down the Stairs." Irish, Single Jig (6/8 time). G Major/D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. The tune was entered twice[1] into the mid-19th century music manuscript of uilleann piper and Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman [1], set in two different keys. Brendan Breathnach collected a slide/single jig version as "Up and Down the Stairs" (Suas agus Síos an Staighre). A version of the tune set for Northumbrian small-pipes entitled "Puddle the Butter" was printed in 1913 by collector Cecil Sharp, originally from the music manuscript collection of the Crawhall family.

Compare also with the first strains of "Tip the Cruiskeen" and "Limerick Races."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland: Jigs & Quicksteps, Trips & Humours), 1997; No. 186, p. 43. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 292, p. 32. R.M. Levey (First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland), 1858; No. 6, p. 3. O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; No. 206, p. 111. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 817, p. 152. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 372, p. 76.

Recorded sources : - Alia Vox AVSA 9878, Jordi Savall - "The Celtic Viol. II" (2010).

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  1. See Goodman Book 1, p. 113, and Book 2, p. 55.