Friday 25 February 2022
Tune of the Day: Out on the Ocean
Traditional Irish jig
The earliest appearance of the title “Out in the Ocean” is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. However, similar melodies were collected by George Petrie and James Goodman in the mid-19th century, under the titles “The Bucks of Ahasnagh” and “The Tithes are All Down” respectively. “Out on the Ocean” has also been identified by some as one of many variants of the Lowland Scots tune “Rock and a Wee Pickle Tow”, originally a women's spinning song.