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Tune ID#1091 (Lark in the Morning)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lark in the Morning about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AL (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig64AABBCCDDD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Lark in the Morning, The / The Little Yellow Boy / The Yellow Little Boy / An Buachaillín Buí / Bouchaleen Buie / Galway Tom / Galway Town / A Western Lilt / The Goat's Horn / The Goats' Horns / Come in the Evening / The Kelso Races / The Welcome / The Thrush's Nest / The Spotted Cow (for 4th figure of Caledonian Set on JRSLCB 2; for The Siege of Ennis in book MM) (wide range of settings included here, but still distinct from the partly similar tunes House in the Glen #2485, An Buachaillín Buí #6600, and Spotted Cow #4887; also compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Lark in the Morning #525)

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
19232.8#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
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~195113#1
[AL] World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Ireland. Ballinakill Ceilidhe Band.
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~19563#1
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals). For this tune: Paddy Rainey (fiddle).
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~195912#3
[SE 1] Seamus Ennis. The Bonny Bunch of Roses. Seamus Ennis (pipes, whistle, vocals).
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~19671.14#1
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Tom McHaile (whistle).
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~197118#1
[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. Felix Dolan.
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198717#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
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~199810#3
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~20006#1
[BICM] Best of Irish Ceili Music. Disc 5 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Dun Na Ri Ceili Band.
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20013#1
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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20021.9#2
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~200219#1
[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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~20028#2
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doyle (guitar).
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200710#1
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Mac Benford (banjo, vocals), Darrah Carr (feet), Liz Carroll (fiddle), Karan Casey (vocals), Brendan Dolan (piano), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Seamus Egan (banjo, flute), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Rhys Jones (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Susan McKeown (vocals), Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (vocals, guitar), Niall O'Leary (feet), Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle), Mike Rafferty (flute), Athena Tergis (fiddle).
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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 #744 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #745 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #34 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #111 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #5 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #27 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 164 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As misc #23 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #186 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #76 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 94 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On pages 157-158 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #68 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #226 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 26 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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