The Irish Washerwoman

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The Irish Washerwoman is a traditional Irish jig whose melody is familiar to many people in Ireland, the British Isles, and North America.[1] It repeats its refrain several times, sometimes by gradually increasing in tempo until being played very fast before coming to a sudden stop.[citation needed]

This jig was incorporated as the first movement of the "Irish Suite", a collection of traditional tunes arranged for orchestra by American composer Leroy Anderson in 1946.


  1. ^ Cairns, Archie. 1995. Book 1 Pipe Music – The Irish Washerwoman's Jig.

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