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Tune ID#1308 (Miss McDonald)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McDonald about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JKn 3 (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):
Miss McDonald / Miss MacDonald / Lady Mc Donald / Lady McDonald's (compare 1st 2 parts with 1st 2 parts of Spinning Wheel #6576)

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
~19939#1
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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~19938#2
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle).
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~199915#2
[Trc] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Patrick Ourceau. Tracin'. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle).
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~200213#4
[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), (concertina).
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~20021#3
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano).
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~20096#3
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle).
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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 #1210 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #486 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 98 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #46 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
On page 36 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #371 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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