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Tune ID#2878 (Old Torn Petticoat)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Torn Petticoat about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old Torn Petticoat, The / The Old Torn Petticoat (I Got in Mullingar) / The Lass From Mullingar / The Old Torn Jacket / Touch Me If You Dare No. 2 / You Rogue, You Darn't Meddle Me / You Rouge You Dar'n't Meddle Me / Smiling Susan (1st in set The Galway Rambler on TCB 4) (also singled, or only 1st part singled) (compare as hornpipe #1470)

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
19743#1
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted. For this tune: Tommy.
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~19793#3
[KB Pr] Kevin Burke, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Promenade. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, piano).
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199221#1
[JRyan] Joe Ryan. An Buachaill Dreoite. Joe Ryan (fiddle).
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~19935#2
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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~19952.3#1
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Junior Crehan (fiddle), Tony Crehan (concertina), Angela Crehan (whistle), Ita Crehan (whistle), P.J. Crotty (flute), Bobby Casey (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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19988#3
[KB IC] Kevin Burke. In Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~20025#2
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (accordion), with Mike (flute).
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20035#2
[Dnu 4] Danú. The Road Less Travelled. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, flute, whistle), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki), Donal Clancy (guitar).
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200611#2
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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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 #1388 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #632 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #47 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #252 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #67 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #5 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): 1903