Sheep in the Boat (jig)

This tune was introduced to us by our friend Liz Anderson. It was composed byher uncle Junior Crehan, and is widely thought to be a jig version of the slow air Anach Cuain. Itrecalls a tragedy where a boat was sunk by sheeps' hooves holeing the bottom,with loss of life. See Odds and Ends: The CruelSea on the Limerick Leader'swebsite for more information.

McDermott's Handy

Note: While this sheet music is provided for reference and convenience, I would take it as a personal favour if you would find a local musician to teach it to you or a local session where you could hear it played. This will enable you to learn the phrasing and ornamentation for your instrument which generally is not notated here. The best way to learn Irish traditional music is by ear, by listening to and/or learning from a musician experienced in the genre. At the very least, you will want to memorize the tune so that this page would be superfluous. This version is a version that I played at the time I created this page; it may not be the same as the version I currently play, and it may not be the same as the version with which you are familiar. Go raibh maith agat; Thanks!

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