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Tune ID#2245 (Red-Haired Lass)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired Lass about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (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):
Red-Haired Lass, The / The Red Haired Lass / The Redhaired Lass / An Cailín Rua / The Red-Haired Boy / Peter Kennedy's Fancy / O'Kennedy's / The Crusheen / Swing Swang / Jim Seerys / Clare Reel (1st in set Cam a' Lochaigh on ADB; 2nd in set Pat Molloy on MR 2; 2nd in set The New Hall on KCB 6; 3rd in set Cam a' Lochaigh / The Curve of the Lake on GOC 2; 1st in set Redhaired Lass on LTC 1) (also 1st part doubled, also in A) (this tune is only slightly different from Shearing the Sheep #517)

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
192621#2
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. Joseph Tansey (fiddle).
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19292#2
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. John McKenna (flute), James Morrison (fiddle).
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192916#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: James Morrison (fiddle), John McKenna (flute).
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19622.16#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Ed Cahill (C# flute).
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~198114#1
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
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~19878#1
[FT] John Whelan, Eileen Ivers. Fresh Takes. John Whelan (accordion), Eileen Ivers (fiddle).
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~199311#2
[MR 2] Micho Russell. The Limestone Rock. Micho Russell (whistle).
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~19963#3
[ADB] Mighty Session! Gerry O'Connor (banjo), Vinnie Kilduff (whistle).
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~19961#3
[GOC 2] Gerry O'Connor. Myriad. Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle, guitar). For this tune: (banjo, fiddle), with Vinnie Kilduff (whistle).
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~199816#4
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: with Gerry O'Connor (banjo).
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~199926#2
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Paddy Ryan (fiddle), with Jim Corry (piano).
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200016#3
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with Rev. Gary Hastings (flute), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Peter Horan (flute), John McHugh (fiddle), James Murphy (fiddle), Cora Smyth (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp), Peter Molloy (flute).
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~20022#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
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~20022.1#3
[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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~200310#3
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (D flute), with Karen Ryan (fiddle).
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200511#1
[BLch 2] Brendan P. Lynch. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music from the Heart of Fingal. Brendan P. Lynch (fiddle).
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~20051.17#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Paddy O'Neill (flute).
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~20064#2
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Andi (fiddle).
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20072#2
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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~200710#1
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
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201111#1
[LTC 1] Long Time Courting. Alternate Routes. Ariel Friedman (cello, vocals), Liz Simmon (guitar, vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Sarah Blair (fiddle, 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 #1275 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #543 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #14 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 110 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #233 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 112 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
On page 113 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #314 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 13 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
On page 88 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #283 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #234 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As reel #235 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As reel #42 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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