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Tune ID#567 (Eavesdropper)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Eavesdropper about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ev (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Eavesdropper, The / The Eaves Dropper (also in A) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Johnny Boyle's #987; compare distantly Dead Piper #6660)

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
~19792#2
[Ev] Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly. Eavesdropper. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina). For this tune: Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (concertina), Conal Ó Grada (flute).
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~19861.5#2
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Séamus Meehan (piano accordion), Paul O'Shaughessy (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 #715 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #17 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 19 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 29 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As tune #5 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #34 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As jig #31 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #37 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