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Tune ID#1182 (Maid at the Spinning Wheel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid at the Spinning Wheel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JCC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig64AABBCCDDG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maid at the Spinning Wheel, The / Maid at the Spinning Wheel / The Maid of the Spinning Wheel / Maid on the Spinning Wheel / The Girl at the Spinning Wheel / The Spinning Wheel / Cailleach an Túirne / Cailín an Túirne / Cailín A' Tuirna / Norah with the Purse / Norah, with the Purse / Nora's Purse / Noran Kista / Norickystie / Kiss me Darling / The Road to Lurgan / Tune the Fiddle / The Wild Irishman / Wreathe the Bowl / Máire an Phórtair / Merrily Kissed the Quaker (1st in set Scatter the Mud on EI 2; 2nd in set The Ravine on KCB 6; 2nd in set Pots and Kettles O on Dnu 5) (also without 4th part) (compare the 2-part jig The Road to Lurgan and the 2-part slide Kiss Me Darling / Nora Kista, both included here from books)
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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
19386#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Frank O'Higgins (fiddle).
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~19622#1
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
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197612#2
[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina).
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~19771.1#1
[NaF 5] Na Filí. Chanter's Tune. Unidentified on this reissue, but from the original: Tomás Ó Canainn (pipes, vocals), Tom Barry (whistles, flute), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
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~19784#1
[IT 2] The Irish Tradition. The Corner House. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals).
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~19913#2
[MV] Maiden Voyage. Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare. Tommy Peoples.
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~19945#2
[NMCMM] The Northern Meeting. Celtic Music in Milwaukee. John Ceszynski (Bb whistle), Brett Lipschutz (Bb whistle).
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19952#1
[EI 2] Eileen Ivers. Wild Blue. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar), Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk (organ, accordion, guitar, bass), Ben Wittman (drums), Kimati Dinizulu (percussion). For this tune: with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
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~200210#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
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200412#2
[Dnu 5] Danú. When All Is Said and Done. Donal Clancy (guitar, electric bass), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, whistle, flute).
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20131#2
[Currach] The Currach. Fair Play to You. Daithi Wolfe (fiddle, vocals), Darl Ridgely (bodhrán, bones, guitar, vocals), Josh Perkins (guitar, concertina, vocals), Steve Honer (flute), Bill O'Donoghue (guitar, mandolin, whistle, vocals).
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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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #830 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #920 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #94 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #1 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 18 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As jig #15 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #27 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 95 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 161 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #73 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #72 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As jig #98 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As sgjig #38 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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