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Tune ID#1184 (Maid behind the Bar)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the Bar about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maid behind the Bar, The / The Barmaid / An Ógbhean ar Chúl an Bheáir / The Green Mountain / Judy's Reel / The Judy Reel / Little Judy / The Haymaker / Haymaker (2nd in set Irish Reels on OTUS1; 2nd in set Kitty O'Shea on TrsCl; for 5th figure of Victoria Jig Set on MISD 6; for 1st figure of Connemara Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in C, G, or A) (compare with 3rd part of French-Canadian reel Snoring Mrs. Gobeil / La Ronfleuse Gobeil in FF, included here, and compare The Green Mountain #2336)

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
192020#2
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Tom Ennis (pipes).
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192318#1
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
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19284#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien.
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193418#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Pat Roche's Harp and Shamrock Orchestra.
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19379#2
[GD] From Galway to Dublin. Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music. Neil O'Boyle (fiddle).
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~196711#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
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~197412#1
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Wright (jew's harp), Mike Wright (jew's harp), Dave Wright (jew's harp), Paddy Neylan (spoons).
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~19765#2
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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~197612#2
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
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~19782#1
[StWing 1] Stockton's Wing. Stockton's Wing. Jigs, Reels & Songs. Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, jew's harp), Kieran Hanrahan (banjo, harmonica, bouzouki), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Tony Callanan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki). For this tune: 1st 2 times Tony (guitar).
Go to Album
~19822.10#3
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Touchstone.
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~199319#3
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Maureen Doherty Macken (flute), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mary Coogan (banjo).
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19949#1
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
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~19949#1
[SJMcG] Sean and Jim McGuire. Pure Traditional Irish Fiddle Music. Brothers Together. Tribute to their Father. Sean McGuire (fiddle), Jim McGuire (fiddle).
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~19961.5#1
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
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~199814#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle). For this tune: Jim (fiddle).
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~199819#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~20003#2
[TrsCl] Turas Cheoil. A Musical Odyssey: A compilation of music from the traditional musicians of Toronto. Loretto Reid (concertina), Brian Taheny (fiddle).
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~20059#2
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (banjo).
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~200513#1
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
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20132#3
[CFF 6] The Celtic Fiddle Festival. Live in Brittany. André Brunet (fiddle, feet), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), Nicolas Quémener (guitar).
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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 #62 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 181 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 260 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #21 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 39 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 64 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #9 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #4 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1920