Sheet Music: Out on the Ocean

TitleOut on the Ocean
Alternate titlesThe Banks of Ahasnagh
The Bucks of Ahasnagh
The Tithes are All Down
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2022-02-25
Last updated2022-02-25
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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.