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Tune ID#181 (King's Favourite)

Transcription of first 2 bars of King's Favourite about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SK 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBBb Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
King's Favourite, The / King's Fancy / Kings Fancy / The Blue Angel / Liam King's Jig (also in D) (composed by Liam King, but only according to book JKg 3, which is not reliable)

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
~1980A.2#2
[Boys 8] Boys of the Lough. Regrouped. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar). For this tune: Aly (fiddle).
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~19841#2
[BBow 1] Jackie Daly, Séamus & Manus McGuire. Buttons and Bows. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
Go to Album
~199011#1
[SK 2] Seán Keane. Jig It in Style. Seán Keane (fiddle).
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~19918#2
[GOC 1] Gerry O'Connor. Time to Time. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: with Máirtín O'Connor (accordion).
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~199712#2
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. Buttons & Bows: Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (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.
On page 25 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As jig #124 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As jig #109 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): 1974