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Tune ID#1274 (Merry Old Woman)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry Old Woman about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording OTPR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Merry Old Woman, The / Merry Old Woman / The Mouse in the Cupboard / Ballaí Lios Chearbhaill / The Walls of Liscarroll / Repeal of the Union / The Walls of Enniscorthy / The Rakes of Newcastle West / Wollop the Potlid / Duignan's Odd Jig (also in A) (compare in Dorian mode as Scully Casey's #1734)

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
19281#2
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. William Andrews (pipes).
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193217#2
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Frank Lee's Tara Ceilidh Band.
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19511.20#2
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Michael Gorman (fiddle), Mick Flynn (flute).
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~19885#3
[Boys 14] Boys of the Lough. Sweet Rural Shade. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathall McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano).
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~199613#2
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion). For this tune: (melodeon).
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~20037#1
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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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 #799 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #800 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #72 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #80 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #81 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #8 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #10 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 24 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #10 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [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