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X:1 T:Tripping Down the Stairs T:Green Hills of Tyrol [2] M: 4/4 L:1/8 R:reel Q:330 C:Natalie MacMaster Z:Transcribed by Linda Relph 8.01.03 K:G |: GA | BG (3GFG BGcG | BGDC B,G,B,C | DB,DG ECEG |FDEF GFGA | BG (3G^FG BGcG | BGDC B,G,B,C | DB,DG ECEG | FDEF G2 :| |: ga | bg(3gfg egde | caBg ABGA | FdEF DECD | B,CA,B, G,DE F | G^FGB dBGB | ABcA BGDC | B,G,B,D ECEG | FDE F G2:| P:“variation” ga | bg~g2 egdg | caBg AfGe | FdEc DBCA | B,GA,F G, "etc."|

TRIPPING DOWN THE STAIRS. AKA - "Tripping Downstairs." AKA and see "Arcady's," "Green Fields of Antrim (2) (The)," "Green Hills of Tyrol (2) (The)," "Tripping Up the Stairs (1)." Irish, Reel (cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is usually known under the title "Green Hills of Tyrol (2) (The)," and has been associated with County Donegal musicians. The "Tripping Down the Stairs" title derives from the rise and fall of the melody (descending 6ths), points out Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, although there is some considerable confusion whether the title is “Up Stairs/Upstairs” or “Down Stairs/Downstairs.” It is played as a reel in Ireland, although the melody was originally a Scottish strathspey.

Additional notes

Recorded sources : - Shanachie 79077, Arcady - “After the Ball” (1991). Green Linnet SIF1166, Eileen Ivers - “Wild Blue” (1995). Nimbus NI 5320, Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin - “Fiddlesticks: Irish Traditional Music from Donegal” (1991).

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]

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