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Tune ID#1271 (Merrily Kissed the Quaker)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Merrily Kissed the Quaker about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Plx 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Merrily Kissed the Quaker / Merrily Kiss the Quaker / Merrily Kiss the Quaker's Wife / Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wife / Kiss the Quaker's Wife / Kiss the Quaker / Merrily Dance the Quaker / Merrily Dance the Quaker's Wife / The Quaker's Wife / The Gates of Derry (also in A, also as a jig) (compare 1st part with 1st part of #2808)
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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).
~19727#1
[TMacMn 1] Tony MacMahon. Tony MacMahon. Tony MacMahon (accordion).
~197311#1
[Plx 1] Planxty. Planxty. Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandola, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bodhrán). For this tune: Liam O'Flynn (pipes), at times with others in background.
~19792#1
[Plx 4] Planxty. Collection. Unidentified on this reissue.
19912.6#1
[McP BHB] The McPeake Family and Paul Burns. Back Home in Belfast. (guitar), (mandolin).
199514#2
[THny 1] Therese Honey. Mosaic. Therese Honey (harp).
~199610#2
[PCln] Pat Cloonan. Pat Cloonan's Thanksgiving. Patrick Cloonan (accordion). For this tune: with Jeff Morello (harmonica).
~199912#1
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Billy and Brendan.
200811#2
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gander in the Pratie Hole
THny 1
Sergt. Cahill's Favorite
PCln
Denis Murphy's
LRCB
Played beforeOn Albums
Denis Murphy's
TMacMn 1
Paddy Fahy's
McP BHB
Dingle Regatta
LRCB

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 #77 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #91 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 48 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
On page 186 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 97 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 163 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As slide #20 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #72 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): 1972