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Tune ID#622 (Fermoy Lasses)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy Lasses about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MGm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fermoy Lasses, The / Fermoy Lasses / The Fermoy Lassies / Girrseachaí Fhearmuí / The Wexford Reel / The Humours of Mackin / The Connacht Ranger / Connacht Ranger (1st in set Reels of Mullinvate on OTUS1 track 4; 3rd in set Irish Reels on OTUS1 track 20) (also 1st part or both parts singled)

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
~191925#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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192020#3
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Tom Ennis (pipes).
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19254#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. John McKenna (whistle), then with Michael Gaffney (banjo-mandolin).
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192822#1
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. Tom Ennis (pipes).
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~1947A.4#2
[JDrn] Johnny Doran. The Bunch of Keys. Johnny Doran (pipes). For this tune: with John Kelly (fiddle).
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~195610#1
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals).
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19571.5#3
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Tommy Reck (pipes).
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~19572.10#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Michael Gorman (fiddle), Paddy Breen (flageolet), Tommy Maguire (accordion).
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~19591.19#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Ed Cahill (piccolo).
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~19679#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
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~196922#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute) Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle), Michael Daly (flute), Paddy Ryan (fiddle).
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~197718#1
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Billy Clifford (flute).
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~197910#1
[BMu 1] Brendan Mulvihill, accompanied by Mick Moloney. The Flax in Bloom. Traditional Irish Music. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mick Moloney (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin). For this tune: with Martin Mulvihill (fiddle).
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19868#1
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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~19929#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Josie McDermott (flute).
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~19932.15#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Micho Russell (Eb flute).
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~19958#2
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
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19987#1
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
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20012#1
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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20075#4
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (flute).
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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 #1310 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #573 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #16 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 116 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #142 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #7 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #29 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 34 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #94 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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