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Tune ID#2146 (Maggie in the Wood)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maggie in the Wood 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):
Maggie in the Wood / If I Had Maggie in the Wood / Maggie in the Woods / Maggie in the Corner / Séamaisín / Séamuisín / Nancy Wants Her Own Share (2nd in set If I Had Maggie in the Wood on Ch 8; for 4th figure of Connemara Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in D or A) (compare [untitled] Polka in CITM, p. 280)

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
~195624#3
[ItS] In the Smoke. Margaret Barry (banjo), Michael Gorman (fiddle), Patsy Goulding (piano), Tommy McGuire (accordion), Paddy Breen (whistle).
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197413#2
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted. For this tune: Bernard.
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~19786#2
[Ch 8] The Chieftains. 8. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán).
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19922.4#3
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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19974#1
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
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~199822#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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200116#1
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
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~20021.10#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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~200410#1
[JCnly 3] Johnny Connolly. An Mileoidean Scaoilte. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
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~200613#1
[JOSe] Jimmí Ó Sé. Malairt Poirt ó Fionntrá. Jimmí Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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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 #69 in [D&M] Arthur Warren Darley and Patrick Joseph McCall. The Darley and McCall Collection of Traditional Irish Music. [available]
As polka #19 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #30 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 280 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
On page 232 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #24 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #58 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): 1914