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Tune ID#677 (Frieze Breeches)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze Breeches about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig80AABBCCDDEED Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Frieze Breeches, The / The Frieze Britches / Frieze Britches / Frieze Breetches / Brístí Bréide / (An) Brístín Mire / The Friar's Breeches / The Friar's Britches / Friar's Britches / I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her / I Buried My Wife / On St. Patrick's Day I Was Gay / On St Patrick's Day I was Gay / Gallagher's / Gallagher's Jig / The Trumlo / Cunla (2nd in set Cúnla on Plx 4; 3 of the parts appear within the arrangement of song City of Baltimore on Provd 1) (wide range of settings) (compare 2-part setting I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her #3436 and song Cúnla #435)

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
192311#1
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Flanagan Brothers.
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192310#2
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. James Morrison (fiddle).
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19272.16#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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~194815#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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19527#1
[KF] Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford. Kerry Fiddles. Padraig O'Keefe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Clifford.
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~196710#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
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19701.13#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: a nephew of Michael Gorman's named Michael Gorman (flute).
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~19705#1
[FD 1] Finbarr Dwyer. [Finbarr Dwyer. Irish Traditional Accordionist]. Disc 2 of of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Finbarr Dwyer (accordion).
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~19701.6#1
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Sean McGuire (fiddle), Roger Sherlock (flute).
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~1973B.1#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others..
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~19744#1
[SE 3] Séamus Ennis. The Wandering Minstrel. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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197523#1
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
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~197621#1
[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. Pat Mitchell.
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~19797#2
[Plx 4] Planxty. Collection. Unidentified on this reissue.
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~19836#1
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
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~19882#1
[SWW] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
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19931.1#1
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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~19964#1
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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19974#1
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
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~19982#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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~19995#2
[CODnl 1] Colm O'Donnell. Farewell to Evening Dances. Colm O'Donnell (flute, whistle). For this tune: (lilting).
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~19999#2
[Provd 1] Providence. Providence. John Wynne (flute, whistle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina, accordion), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle), Joan McDermott (vocals), Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals).
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~20012#1
[HOP] Claire Byrne, Darragh Murphy, Barry Kerr, Patrick Davey. The Humours of Piping. Claire Byrne (pipes), Darragh Murphy (pipes), Barry Kerr (pipes), Patrick Davey (pipes). For this tune: Claire Byrne.
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20021.9#1
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~20028#1
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doyle (guitar).
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~20032#1
[JCt 4] John Carty. At It Again. John Carty (fiddle).
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~20071.14#1
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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~20101#1
[MCny 2] Michael Cooney. Just Piping. Michael Cooney (pipes).
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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 #1051 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #260 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On pages 17-18 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #12 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #65 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #101 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #102 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 61 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On pages 113-114 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #275 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #42 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 136 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #35 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #191 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