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TRIP TO THE COTTAGE [1] (Turas go di'n iosdan). AKA and see "Self (1) (The)," “Turas 'un Tí.” Irish, English; Double Jig. England; Dorset, Shropshire. G Major (most versions): A Major (Carlin). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AABB' (Phillips): AABA (Trim). The title appears in a list of tunes in his repertoire brought by Philip Goodman, the last professional and traditional piper in Farney, Louth, to the Feis Ceoil in Belfast in 1898 (Breathnach, 1997). One of the earliest recordings of the melody was in 1909 when Cecil Sharp waxed it on a cylinder from the playing of John Locke (in the key of ‘A’), whom he described as a “gipsy fiddler.”

William Andrews b. 1873

Early commercial recordings were by Brooklyn accordion player John "Dutch" Kimmel (1929) and Dublin native uilleann- and war-piper William Andrews (). Francis O'Neill has a biographical sketch and a photograph of Andrews in his Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913, pp. 323-327). Trip to the Cottage is the name of a ceili dance, popular in South Armagh (Keegan).

Sources for notated versions: a c. 1837-1840 MS by Shropshire musician John Moore [Ashman]; Don Woodcock and Dave Howard [Phillips]; accordion player Johnny O’Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border) [Moylan].

Printed sources: Ashman (The Ironbridge Hornpipe), 1991; No. 27a, p. 7. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 465, p. 443. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 242, p. 140. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 78. Harding’s All Round Collection, 1905; No. 75, p. 23. Keegan (The Keegan Tunes), 2002; p. 116. Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 84, p. 41. Mallinson (100 Enduring), 1995; No. 25, p. 10. McDermott (Allan's Irish Fiddler), c. 1920’s; No. 12, p. 4. Moylan (Johnny O’Leary), 1994; No. 136, p. 79. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 25. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 74, p. 28. O’Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 191; No. 171, p. 94. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes, vol. 2), 1995; p. 384. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 108 (appears as "The Self"). Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 1), 1912; No. 82, p. 37. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 110. Trim (The Musical Legacy of Thomas Hardy), 1990; No. 44 (appears as "A Trip to My Cottage"). Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; p. 27.

Recorded sources: Edison 52499 (78 RPM), John H. “Dutch” Kimmel (accordionist from New York City), 1929. William Andrews - "Oldtime Records, vol. 3: Piping Rarities" (reissue recording. 1st in medley with "Walls of Liscarroll").

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]

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