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Tune ID#3437 (Bee's Wing)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bee's Wing about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JB 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bee's Wing, The / Sciathán na Beiche / Bee's Wing Hornpipe / Beeswing (also in Bb or D) (composed by James Hill)

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
199512#2
[JDr 2] Joe Derrane. Return to Inis Mór. Joe Derrane (accordion).
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~19965#1
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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~199813#1
[JCnly 2] Johnny Connolly. Drioball na Fáinleoige. Johnny Connolly (melodeon, accordion, vocals). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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20013#1
[LYK] Liz and Yvonne Kane. The Well Tempered Bow. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano).
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20021.12#1
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle).
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~20023#2
[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Tony Dalton (banjo).
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~20047#2
[DF] The Dunne Family. Legacy. Mickey Dunne (pipes, fiddle, whistle), Niamh Dunne (fiddle, vocals, viola), Brid Dunne (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.
On page 39 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [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): 1983