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Tune ID#1195 (Old Maids of Galway)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Maids of Galway about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old Maids of Galway, The / Old Maid of Galway / Seanmhaighdean na Gaillimhe / The Old Maid of Galway / The Maids of Galway / Maids of Galway / Johnny When You Die / Johnny Has Gone to France / Johnny's Gone to France / Paddy's Gone to France / Paddy Gone to France / Padaí ar Shiúl 'na Fraince / The Mayo Lasses / Mayo Lasses / Mayo Lassies / Gearrchailiú Chontae Mhuigheo / The Ballina Lass / The Green Meadows / The Hag's Reel / In to the Room I Want You / The Galtee Rangers / The Keel Row (in set The Sliabh Luachra Reels in book JOL; in arrangement Strange Journey on MMcG 3; for dance The Sixteen Hand Reel in book MM; Paul de Grae notes Cape Breton title The West Mabou Reel) (also in D or A or F or C or Bb, also doubled, also as single reel) (compare #3522 and compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Johnny's Gone to France #4610)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19366#2
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Martin Beirne and Orchestra: Martin Beirne (pipes), John Mulvihill (fiddle), John Griffin or James Darcy (flute), Billy McElligott (accordion).
195214#1
[KF] Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford. Kerry Fiddles. Padraig O'Keefe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: O'Keeffe, Murphy, Clifford.
195225#1
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
~196914#1
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
~19947#1
[SRn 2] Seán Ryan. Minstrel's Fancy. Cliaraí Ceoil. Seán Ryan (whistle). For this tune: with Patsy (piano).
19972#3
[Beg 1] Beginish. Beginish. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki).
~20007#1
[LC 3] Liz Carroll. Lost in the Loop. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
200212#1
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray. . .. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
~200211#2
[Tda 1] Téada. Téada. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals, whistle, piano), John Blake (flute, whistle, guitar, piano), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki, vocals), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: John (flute).
~200312#2
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (Bb pipes), (fiddle).
~20042#1
[DLyn] Dana Lyn. Looking for the Early Opener. Dana Lyn (fiddle, viola, piano).
~200411#2
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
20052#1
[Drcht 2] Draíocht. Land's End. Michael Rooney (harp), June McCormack (flute).
~200511#1
[CTL 11] Cherish the Ladies. Woman of the House. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo, banjitar, octave mandolin), Heidi Talbot (vocals), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Mirella Murray (accordion).
~200515#3
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano).
~20064#1 (2:39)
[MMcG 3] Michael McGoldrick. Wired. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, mandolin, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute, pipes).
20112#2
[FullSt 1] FullSet. Notes at Liberty. Seán McCarthy (pipes, whistle), Michael Harrison (fiddle), Janine Redmond (accordion), Teresa Hogan (vocals, flute), Eamonn Moloney (bodhrán), Andrew Meaney (guitar).
20118#1
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).
~20119#1
[DBrder] Dan Brouder. "The Lark's Air". Dan Brouder (accordion, melodeon).
~201211#2
[MORDOM] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh and Danny O' Mahony. As It Happened. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina), Danny O' Mahony (accordion).
201418#1
[SSands] Seamus Sands. Across Bridges. Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing. Seamus Sands (fiddle).
~201415#2
[MCrJD 2] Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch. Rolling On. Jackie Daly (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
~201412#1
[MMcNmr 3] Mary MacNamara. Note for Note. Mary MacNamara (concertina).
~20153#1
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

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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 #1417 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #654 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #80 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 134 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 54 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
As misc #39 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #165 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 23 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
On page 111 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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