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Tune ID#3012 (Milkmaid)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Milkmaid about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CA (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):
Milkmaid, The / Green Pease Straw / Tommy Peoples' / Tommy Peoples / Tommy Peoples' No. 2 / Tommy People's / Mooney's Reel (1st in set Watch My Foot on KCB 5; as Gan Anim [sic] on Cian)

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
~19831#1
[CA] Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy. Ceol Aduaidh. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute).
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~198510#2
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with Sean Og Potts (pipes).
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~19977#1
[CKeane 2] Conor Keane. Oidhreacht. Conor Keane (accordion).
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~199710#1
[KCB 5] The Kilfenora Céili Band. Set on Stone. Aidan McMahon (fiddle), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), Anne Rynne (fiddle), Garry Shannon (flute), Anthony Quigney (flute), Conor McCarthy (accordion), John Lynch (banjo), Tim Collins (concertina), Fintan McMahon (piano), Sean Griffin (drums), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass).
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~19987#2
[Cian] Cian. Three Shouts from a Hill. Brian Duke (flute), Padraig Rynne (concertina), Tim Murry (guitar, vocals), Damien Quinn (bodhrán, percussion).
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20001#1
[KC 2] Kevin Crawford. In Good Company. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Seán Smyth (fiddle).
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~20052#1
[A LG] Altan. Local Ground. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, mandolin), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
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20076#4
[Aths 1] Áthas. Áthas. Heather Lewin-Tiarks (fiddle, viola, cello), Amy Richter (bodhrán, djembe, whistle), Jeff Ksiazek (guitar, whistle, flute). For this tune: Heather (viola).
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~200711#4
[CAdz 1] Charlene Adzima. The Initiation. Charlene Adzima (fiddle, viola, vocals).
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200912#1
[DPss 2] Dan Possumato. Pulling Out the Stops. Traditional Music and Song of Ireland. Dan Possumato (accordion). For this tune: with Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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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 #166 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #153 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): 1968