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Tune ID#3157 (Boys of Wexford)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of Wexford about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
March16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of Wexford, The / Boys of Ireland (also in D, also as song) (compare The Boys of Wexford included here in book FF and compare Low Low Lands of Holland #2361)

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
193623#2
[WW 1] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 1. Martin Beirne and His Irish Blackbirds.
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19386#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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~195713#2
[KR] Kevin Rowsome. The Rowsome Tradition. Kevin Rowsome (pipes). For this tune: Leo (pipes), Leon (pipes).
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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 #81 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #42 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 55 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #79 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