Sheet Music: The Irish Washerwoman

TitleThe Irish Washerwoman
Alternate titlesAn Bhean Niochain Eireannach
Corporal Casey
Country Courtship
The Irish Wash‑Woman
Irish Waterman
Jackson's Delight
Paddy McGinty's Goat
The Wash Woman
The Snouts and Ears of America
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo128 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (45 kB) (preview)
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Date added2010-04-24
Last updated2010-04-24
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 24 April 2010

Tune of the Day: The Irish Washerwoman

Traditional Irish jig

“The Irish Washerwoman” is a very delightful little Irish jig that probably most people have heard, even if they don’t recognize it by name. Although the tune has popularly been known as an old, and perhaps quintessential Irish jig, it has been proposed by some writers to have been an English country dance tune that was published in the 17th century and probably known in the late 16th century.

The song has many different titles and many melodic variants, including “Corporal Casey”, “Dargason”, “Sedany” and “Country Courtship”. A pretty famous orchestral version was composed by Leroy Anderson and played by the Boston Pops Orchestra under Arthur Fiedler.

Although this jig has lyrics, it is typically rendered as an instrumental piece. The refrain is typically repeated several times, sometimes by gradually increasing the tempo until being played very fast before coming to a sudden stop.