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Tune ID#525 (Lark in the Morning)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lark in the Morning about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Lark in the Morning, The / Lark in the Morning / An Fhuiseog ar Maidin / The Clare Lark / Dominick Rooney's / Dominic Rooney's Jig / Jig (1st in set TTS1 "Splice Jigs" on Sld 1; 2nd in set The Connemara Jigs and 4th in set The Burren Flowers on LitN) (also in A) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Lark in the Morning #1091)

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
~19871#3
[Boys 13] Boys of the Lough. Farewell and Remember Me. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano, bodhrán, mandolin, fiddle).
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~19895#2
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (flute), (accordion).
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~19919#2
[Fisherst] Fisherstreet. Out in the Night. John McMahon (concertina, pipes), Seamus McMahon (fiddle, flute), Dermot Lernihan (accordion), Noreen O'Donoghue (harp, keyboards, piano), Frank Cullen (mandola, mandolin), Maurice Coyle (guitar).
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~19958#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
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19996#1
[Sld 1] Slide. The Flying Pig. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki), Éamonn de Barra (flute, piano, keyboards, whistle, vocals).
Go to Album
~20004#1
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon).
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~20024#4
[LitN] Christy Barry, Conor McCarthy, Cyril O'Donoghue. Late . . . in the Night. Christy Barry (flute, whistle, spoons), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Cyril O'Donoghue (bouzouki, guitar). For this tune: Christy (Eb whistle).
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20045#2
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina), (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 #78 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #171 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): 1965