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Tune ID#1196 (Maids of Mitchelstown)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maids of Mitchelstown about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maids of Mitchelstown, The / The Maids of Mitchellstown / Maids of Mitchellstown / Gearrchaile Bhaile Mhistéala / Maids of Castletown / The Chicken in the Saucepan (2nd in set Road to Garrison on MSHtn 1) (also in Mixolydian, also in E or A Dorian) (Breathnach suggests a comparison to Paddy Murphy's #4342)
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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).
197314#2
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~197611#2
[SotC] Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh Pipers' Club [Song of the Chanter]. Disc 10 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Paul Davis (concertina, flutes, harmonica), Eithne Vallelly (fiddle), Pat Daly (harp), Brian Vallelly (pipes, whistle, flute), Niall Vallelly (bodhran). For this tune: Brian Vallely (pipes).
19772#1 (0:48)
[BB 3] The Bothy Band. Out of the Wind into the Sun. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, synthesizer), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar). For this tune: starts Matt Molloy (flute).
19774#1 (0:48)
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
197811#1 (1:02)
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar). For this tune: 1st time Matt Molloy (flute).
~19844#3
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
19977#2
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Al Cofrin (cittern).
~199913#1
[Trc] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Patrick Ourceau. Tracin'. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle), (Bb/F concertina).
~200310#2
[MSHtn 1] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Dearga. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, vocals, bodhrán, dobro, electric guitar). For this tune: with George Keith (fiddle).
~20072#3
[CAdz 1] Charlene Adzima. The Initiation. Charlene Adzima (fiddle, viola, vocals).
200811#2
[RBys 3] Randal Bays. Dig with It. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar, harp).
~20087#3
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals). For this tune: James Keane (accordion).
~20096#1
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).
~20142#3
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tuttle's Reel
KB SD
Repeal of the Union
SotC
Bunch of Green Rushes
KB UC
Mungo Kelly
LMlltt 1
Road to Garrison
MSHtn 1
Hunter's House
CAdz 1
Eleanor Kane's
RBys 3
College Groves
Fngl 1
Mrs. Carolan's
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Bunch of Keys
Trc
McFadden's Handsome Daughter
MSHtn 1
Humours of Loughrea
Fngl 1
Mrs. Judge
SMcK

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 #1410 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #650 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #151 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 27 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
On page 133 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #103 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #191 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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