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Tune ID#1622 (Queen of May)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Queen of May 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 ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Queen of May, The / Banríon Bhealtaine / Banríon na Bealtaine / Kitty Losty's Reel / The Tap Room (structure varies)

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
19291.22#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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~19602.5#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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~19635#2
[Ch 1] The Chieftains. The Chieftains. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina), Seán Potts (whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), David Fallon (bodhrán). For this tune: 1st time Michael Tubridy (flute).
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~199114#2
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
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~20028#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion). For this tune: with Gregory Daly (flute).
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~200312#2
[TapRT] The Tap Room Trio. The Tap Room Trio. Harry Bradley (flute, piccolo), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano, flute).
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~200712#2
[PHGH 2] Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. The Merry Love to Play. Peter Horan (flute), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
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~200914#2
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Bb 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 #1221 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #498 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #197 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 100 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #25 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #10 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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