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Tune ID#175 (Blarney Pilgrim)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Blarney Pilgrim about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JCC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Blarney Pilgrim, The / The Parish Girl / Jackson's Rambles / Paddy O'Brien's / Paddy O'Briens

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
19768#2
[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina).
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~20018#2
[PK 4] Paddy Keenan, Tommy O'Sullivan. The Long Grazing Acre. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
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20027#1
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes).
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~20022.5#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).
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~20025#3
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doyle (guitar).
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200613#2
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: (G whistle), with José Climent (gaita), Oisín (fiddle).
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20131#1
[Currach] The Currach. Fair Play to You. Daithi Wolfe (fiddle, vocals), Darl Ridgely (bodhrán, bones, guitar, vocals), Josh Perkins (guitar, concertina, vocals), Steve Honer (flute), Bill O'Donoghue (guitar, mandolin, whistle, vocals).
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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 #1099 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #291 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #7 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 70 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #90 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 77 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 126 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #27 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As jig #9 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