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Tune ID#1376 (Murphy's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Murphy's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe64AABBCCDDD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Murphy's / Murphy's Hornpipe / Cornphíopa Uí Mhurchadha / Cornphíopa Uí Mhurchú / Murphy's Fancy / Nellie Murphy's (also without 3rd and 4th parts)

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
~19041.12#1
[FONC] The Francis O'Neill Cylinders. Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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19352.8#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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196511#1
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Andy McGann (fiddle).
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19733#1
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~197710#1
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki).
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~198110#1
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
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~19834#1
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
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~199310#1
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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19953#1
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
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~20032#1
[CarbQ 1] Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry (banjo), Martin Quinn (accordion, melodeon).
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~200714#1
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle). For this tune: Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
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~200810#1
[RossBr] Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell. Rossinver Braes. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Tony O'Connell (concertina).
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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 #213 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 119 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 200 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 34 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As hp #37 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): 1904