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Tune ID#1185 (Maid in the Cherry Tree)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the Cherry Tree about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JD 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maid in the Cherry Tree, The / Maid in the Cherry Tree / An Gearrchaile sa gCrann Silíní / The Curragh Races / Willie Clancy's Curragh Races / The Hare in the Corn / The Humors of Old Knockaney / The Humours of Old Knockaney / Humours of Old Knockaney / Coleman's Fancy / Mick Flaherty's (also in D or E, also singled) (the setting included here in McNamFam as The London Lasses, singled and in B, could be considered a distinct tune) (compare The Jolly Seven #2671; compare 1st part with 1st part of Tap the Barrel #3087)

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
19779#1
[JD 4] John Doherty. Bundle and Go. John Doherty (fiddle).
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~19813#2
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~19862.1#2
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Neillidh Mulligan (C# pipes), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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~19931#2
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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~199312#1
[SnugBl] Paddy O'Brien, Jamie Gans, Daithi Sproule. Snug in the Blanket. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Jamie Gans (fiddle), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
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~199813#2
[McNamFam] McNamara Family. Leitrim's Hidden Treasure. Michael McNamara (flute), Brian McNamara (pipes), Ray McNamara (pipes, whistle), Ciarán McNamara (flute), Enda McNamara (fiddle), Deirdre McNamara (concertina), Frank Kelly (piano), Mick Giblin (guitar), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer).
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~20026#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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~20031.15#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Dan Gordon (flute).
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~20103#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~201112#2
[DdBzz] Mick O'Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Deadly Buzz. Aoibhinn Crónán. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle, flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger fiddle, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (hardanger fiddle), (Bb pipes).
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~201113#1
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertinas).
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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 #1276 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #544 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #83 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #103 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 110 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 69 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As reel #15 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 40 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 64 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #212 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #4 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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