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Tune ID#429 (Cuckoo's Nest)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cuckoo's Nest about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WC 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cuckoo's Nest, The / Cuckoo's Nest / The Cuckoo's Nest 2nd Setting / Cuckoo's Nest No. 1 / Jacky Tar / The Mower / An Spealadóir / The Scythesman / The Man that Cuts the Hay with the Scythe / Come Ashore Jolly Tar and Your Trousers On / The Showman's Fancy / Rogha Fhear an tSéo / City Life - a Clog / Violetta (also with 2nd and 3rd parts reversed) (compare #430, compare the 2-part versions #431 and #1256, and compare as song #428)

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
~19414#2
[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. William Andrews.
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~19678#2
[WC 1] Willie Clancy. The Minstrel from Clare. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle, vocals).
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~19785#2
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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~197913#2
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
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199012#1
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
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~19962#2
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).
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20025#2
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes).
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~20071.10#2
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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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 #1734 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #913 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #170 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 205 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As hp #26 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 31 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As hp #14 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #261 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): 1903