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Tune ID#1022 (Kesh Jig)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Kesh Jig about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Kesh Jig, The / Kesh Jig / The Kesh / Keash / The Kincora Jig / The Kincora / The Castle Jig / Little Boy Ted in the Hay / Kerrigan's / The Mountaineer's March (for 3rd figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in C or D) (compare The Mountaineers' March and The Spring Well included here from O'Neill books, compare 1st part with 1st part of Lark on the Strand #1093, with 1st part of Sean Coughlan's Kesh #2554, with 1st part of Terry Lane's #6564, and with 2nd part of #3663)

cd Discography

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
19741#1
[Boys 3] Boys of the Lough. Live at Passim. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McDonnell [sic for: Cathal McConnell] (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina).
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19751#1
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals).
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19769#1
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
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19781#1
[BB 4] The Bothy Band. After Hours. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Dónal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards, bodhrán), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, keyboards).
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~19786#1
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Doonan (piccolo).
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~198010#1
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
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198729#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Mitzie Collins (hammered dulcimer).
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19942.5#3
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica). For this tune: (C harmonica).
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199521#3
[KMKerry] Musique et Musiciens d'Irlande (Killorglin and Miltown, Co Kerry). Music and Musicians of Ireland. Musik und Musiker aus Irland. Tomás O'Sullivan (pipes), Tim Kearns (fiddle).
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~19975#3
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
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~199815#3
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~20009#2
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
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20014#2
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Sean Conway (flute).
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~200716#3
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
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~200715#2
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Martin Hayes (viola).
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Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #1030 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1080 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #243 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 24 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #56 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 57 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 66 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 157 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As jig #20 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #81 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 90 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 150 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #64 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #101 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1903