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Tune ID#160 (Black Rogue)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Black Rogue about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MGm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Black Rogue, The / An Rógaire Dubh / Rógaire Dubh / An Rogaire Dubh / Rogaire Dubh / Paddy McNicholas' / Paddy McNicolas' / Paddy's Own / The Sack of Potatoes (2nd in The Garrykennedy Set on GOC 2; 1st in set Ballykeale Manor on KCB 6) (also in D Mixolydian or A Mixolydian or E Major; a somewhat different E Minor or F# Minor setting is included here, titled The Black Rogue / The Black Joke / This Life Is All Checkered / Life Is All Chequered / The Bunch of Green Rushes / The Little Bunch of Rushes / Michael Mulloy / Michael Malloy / Johnny McGill / Shane Glas / Shaun glas / Sublime Was the Warning / Shandrum boggoon / The Bark Is on the Swelling Shore / Come under My Plaiddie / God Bless the Grey Mountain / Humours of Donnybrook / Inishown / The Irish Lass / The Irish Lady / Nature and Melody / O! Pleasant Was the Moon / Tis a Bit of a Thing / Tom Linton) (compare slip jig Johnny Loves Molly #4499)

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
~19569#2
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals).
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~195832#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Paddy Breen (whistle).
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19682.14#2
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
Go to Album
~19785#2
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (G melodeon).
Go to Album
~19869#1
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals).
Go to Album
~19938#2
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
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~19954#1
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (pipes), (concertina).
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~19953#1
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
Go to Album
~199611#3
[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle).
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~19968#1
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Terry Crehan (fiddle).
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~19977#2
[BBg 2] Brendan Begley. We Won't Go Home 'til Morning. Brendan Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals). For this tune: (melodeon).
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~199912#2
[GOC 2] Gerry O'Connor. Myriad. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, guitar). For this tune: (banjo), with Liam O'Connor (fiddle), Michael O'Connor (accordion).
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20022#3
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle).
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200210#2
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
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200211#1
[Sld 2] Slide. Harmonic Motion. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle, vocals), Daire Bracken (fiddle, strings, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki, mandolin, vocals), Éamonn de Barra (flute, whistle, bodhrán, piano, harmonium, vocals). For this tune: Éamonn de Barra (piano).
Go to Album
~20027#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
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~20024#1
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
Go to Album
~20022.7#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
Go to Album
20073#2
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
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~20071#3
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).
Go to Album
~20077#1
[MH 5] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Welcome Here Again. Martin Hayes (fiddle, viola), Dennis Cahill (guitar, mandolin, bass). For this tune: with Dennis (mandolin).
Go to Album
~20092#2
[LCJD 2] Liz Carroll and John Doyle. Double Play. Liz Carroll (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, mandola, vocals).
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~20091#3
[KClns 2] Kathleen Collins. My Book of Songs. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
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~20121#1
[TnGmMss] Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock, Aoife Ní Bhriain. Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts. Mick O'Brien (pipes, flute, whistle), Emer Mayock (flute, whistle), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle).
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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 #915 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #302 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #33 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #35 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 160 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 28 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.
On page 48 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As jig #26 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 102 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 172 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #6 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #42 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