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Tune ID#1043 (King of the Fairies)

Transcription of first 2 bars of King of the Fairies about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Set dance48AABCBCE Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
King of the Fairies, The / Ríl na Sióg [sic] / Bonny Charlie / King William of Orange (also structure AABC)

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
19388#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Frank O'Higgins (fiddle).
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~19572.11#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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~19571.9#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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19738#1
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~19987#1
[MDOSe] Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Ó Chicago go Carrachán. Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: with John Browne (banjo), Caoimhín Ó Sé (whistle).
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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 #979 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 158 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #84 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As setd #17 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #294 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1907