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Tune ID#1070 (Lads of Laois)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lads of Laois about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TMC (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):
Lads of Laois, The / Lads of Laois / The Lads of Laoise / Lads of Laoise / The Lads of Leith / The Lads of Leix / Lads of Leix / Gearrbhodaí Laoise / Na gearrbhodaí Laoise / Gearrbhodai Laoise / Buachaillí Leith / The Boys of Laois / Boys of Laois (1st in set Guiness in Germany on RT 2; 2nd in set Dawn on AcrPond; 2nd in set Spaceships and Frying Pans on Socks 2) (attributed to Tommy Potts in two sources, but probably spuriously)
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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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[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano). For this tune: Andy McGann (fiddle).
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[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
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[SWlsh 4] Séamus Walshe. Traditional Music of Ireland on Button Accordion. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
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[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. Andy McGann (fiddle).
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[VK 1] Vinnie Kilduff. The Boys from the Blue Hill. Vinnie Kilduff (whistle, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, bodhrán). For this tune: with (fiddles).
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[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes). For this tune: Seán (fiddle).
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[JDr 2] Joe Derrane. Return to Inis Mór. Joe Derrane (accordion).
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[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle).
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[SWlsh 3] Seamus Walshe. Clare Accordion. Seamus Walshe (accordion).
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[RT 2] Reeltime. Live It Up. Máirin Fahy (fiddle, vocals), Éilís Egan (accordion), Luke Daniels (accordion), Chris Kelly (guitar, vocals), John Flatley (keyboards, vocals), Yvonne Fahy (percussion).
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[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Gerdie (concertina).
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[DzDnly 1] Dezi Donnelly. Familiar Footsteps. Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
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[AcrPond] Across the Pond. Across the Pond. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Roger Burridge (fiddle), Michael Shorrock (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, guitar, bass).
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[Socks 2] Socks in the Frying Pan. Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space. Shane Hayes (accordion), Aodán Coyne (guitar, vocals), Fiachra Hayes (fiddle, banjo).
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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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #192 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 81 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 170 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 31 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As tune #19 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen 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): 1961