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Tune ID#1714 (Saddle the Pony)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Saddle the Pony about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording McDoB (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):
Saddle the Pony / Saddle and Pony / Cuir Diallait ar an gCapaillín / The Priest's Leap / The Red Stockings / The Red Stocking / A Draught of Ale / A Boy From Home (for The Haymaker's Jig in book MM) (compare 1st part with 1st part of A Draught of Ale #5025)

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
~194815#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien.
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~196920#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle), Tommy Flynn (fiddle).
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~197721#2
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Mike Preston (flute), Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina).
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~19972#1
[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
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~19989#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle). For this tune: Seamus (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 #912 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 41 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #231 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As misc #46 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 178 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #112 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #169 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #35 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