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Tune ID#1050 (Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording GP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32ABCDG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel / Póg an Ghearrchaile ar Chúl an Bhairille / The Maid behind the Barrel / Kiss the Maid behind the Barn / Kiss the Maid behind the Bar / The Maid behind the Bar / An Gearrchaile taobh thiar den Bheár / The Barmaids / The Maid / The Bruisus / Clonmel Lasses (also doubled, also with parts in different orders and with up to 6 parts) (Fair Haired Kate included here from book JKg 3 is similar except in terms of mode) (compare distantly Trim the Velvet #1967 and compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Music in the Forge #1382)

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
~19041.14#1
[FONC] The Francis O'Neill Cylinders. Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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~19194#2
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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19368#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. James Darcy (flute), John Mulvihill (fiddle).
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193719#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Rosaleen Quartet: Larry Redican (fiddle), Eddie Meehan (flute), John McKenna (flute).
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~19696#1
[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. Leo Rowsome.
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~197411#1
[SE 3] Séamus Ennis. The Wandering Minstrel. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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~197612#1
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
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~197616#1
[ICTM] Ireland. Irlande. James 'Sonny' MacDonagh from Bunanadden, Co. Sligo.
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~197710#3
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted).
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~19883#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
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~198915#2
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
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~19902#3
[SK 2] Seán Keane. Jig It in Style. Seán Keane (fiddle).
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~19915#3
[LFinger] Joe McHugh and Barry Carroll. The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada. Joe McHugh (pipes, whistle, keyboard, bouzouki), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer, keyboard). For this tune: Joe (pipes).
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~199419#1
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Peter Horan (flute).
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19951#1
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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19996#1
[MOBAL] Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Rolston [sic]. Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Ralston. Michelle O'Brien (fiddle), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Gavin Ralston (guitar).
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~19991#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Gregory Daly (flute), with Ted McGowan (bodhrán).
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200010#1
[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle). For this tune: Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
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200113#2
[Dnu 3] Danú. All Things Considered. Tom Doorley (flute, whistle), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, mandola), Brendan McCarthy (accordion, harmonica), Oisin MacAuley (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Jesse Smith (fiddle, viola), Noel Ryan (guitar), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Ciarán Ó Gealbháin (vocals, piano accordion).
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~200222#2
[TMIYD] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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~20031#1
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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~200412#2
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
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~20051#2
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (banjo).
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~20055#2
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán).
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200915#2
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Karol Lynch, Cyril O'Donoghue, Samantha Morris, Mickey Dunne.
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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 #1308 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #571 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #74 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 36 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As reel #169 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #68 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