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Tune ID#517 (Shearing the Sheep)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Shearing the Sheep about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB Pt (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Shearing the Sheep / Dipping the Sheep (also 1st part doubled) (this tune is only slightly different from Red-Haired Lass #2245)

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
~19829#4
[KB Pt] Kevin Burke and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Portland. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, harmonium).
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19941#1
[JDr 1] Joe Derrane with Felix Dolan. Give Us Another. Joe Derrane (accordion), Felix Dolan (piano).
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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 #1515 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #734 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 154 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #246 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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