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Tune ID#1862 (Pretty Girls of Mayo)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pretty Girls of Mayo about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BG 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Pretty Girls of Mayo, The / Pretty Girls of Mayo / Pretty Girls from Mayo / Cailíní deasa Mhuigheo / Cailíní Deasa Mhaigh Eo / Mullaney's Favourite / Sweet Biddy of Ballyvourney / Bloom of Youth / Sweeney's Reel / Micho Russell's Reel (omitted from contents listing on JV track 2.12, where one might therefore read the title as The Bush; 7th in set The Chieftains' Knock on the Door on Ch 5; 2nd in set The Sisters Reels on MR 2; mislabeled as Buachaillí Chill Sairn in CRE 1) (also doubled) (compare Music of the Forge #1382 which is a slightly - but consistently - different version of this tune; also compare McSweeney's Reel #1268 and My Sweetheart Jane #5081)

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
192614#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Edward Mullaney (pipes), Patrick Stack (fiddle).
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19363#2
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
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19362#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
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19612.6#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Tom Standeven (pipes).
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~19612.12#4
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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~196210#1
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
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~19755#7
[Ch 5] The Chieftains. 5. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, timpán), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones). For this tune: 1st time Paddy Moloney (pipes).
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~19861.7#3
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Neillidh Mulligan (C# pipes), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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~19901#2 (1:02)
[DMa] Declan Masterson. Deireadh an Fhómhair. End of the Harvest. Declan Masterson (pipes, whistle).
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~19934#2
[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
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~19931#2
[MR 2] Micho Russell. The Limestone Rock. Micho Russell (whistle).
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199511#3
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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19994#1
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
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20011#3
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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~200213#2
[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), (concertina).
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~201015#2
[MCny 2] Michael Cooney. Just Piping. Michael Cooney (pipes).
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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 #75 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As reel #51 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 95 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #58 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #142 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1926