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Tune ID#2135 (Merry Girl)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry Girl about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ItS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Merry Girl, The / An Cailín Sona / Mary Girl / Up and Away / McKenna's Polka 2

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
193420#2
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. John McKenna (flute), Michael Gaffney (banjo).
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~19772#2
[ItS] In the Smoke. John Clifford (accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
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~19975#2
[MMrch 1] Marcas Ó Murchú. Ó Bhéal go Béal. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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~20022.4#2
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Martin Gaffney (flute).
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~200414#1
[OMcD] Oisín Mac Diarmada. Ar an bhFidil. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, 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.
On page 133 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #83 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 30 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As tune #32 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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): 1929