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Tune ID#908 (Jackson's Bottle of Brandy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Jackson's Bottle of Brandy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PT (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):
Jackson's Bottle of Brandy / Jackson's Jug of Punch / Íoc an Reicneáil / Jackson's Bottle of Punch / Jackson's Bottle of Claret / Jackson's Jig / The Bottle of Punch / Sligo Bay / Pay the Reckoning / Bobbing for Eels / Fishing for Eels / The Butchers of Bristol / The Old Man's Jig / The Groom / Groom / Larry Grogan / The Dairy Maid (2nd in set Queen of the Fair on StWing 1; 4th in set Jig Selection on IBrgd 10) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Burnt Old Man #250 and #70; compare to 3rd and 2nd parts of Tommy Peoples #1941) (composed by C. Knowlton)

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
191912#2
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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192215#3 (1:56)
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Jim Morrison (fiddle), Tom Ennis (pipes).
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~1978A.7#2
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle). For this tune: Joe Shannon (pipes).
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~19789#2
[StWing 1] Stockton's Wing. Stockton's Wing. Jigs, Reels & Songs. Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, jew's harp), Kieran Hanrahan (banjo, harmonica, bouzouki), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Tony Callanan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki). For this tune: 1st time Paul (flute).
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~19792#3
[Plx 5] Planxty. After the Break. Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, harmonium, bodhrán), Donal Lunny (blarge, guitar), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, hurdy gurdy, bouzouki), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle).
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~198310#2
[JB 3] Joe Burke with Máire Ní Chathasaigh. The Tailor's Choice. Joe Burke (flute, whistle, accordion).
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200112#4
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Sean Conway (whistle).
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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 #1006 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #898 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #145 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #19 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 40 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As jig #60 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #10 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #46 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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