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Tune ID#1296 (Minnie Foster's Clog)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Minnie Foster's Clog about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBF Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Minnie Foster's Clog / Minnie Foster / Minny Foster / The Black Swan (2nd in set Hornpipes on JReidy 3) (also in E) (compare Down the Glen #6423)
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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.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19734#1
[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
~19811.6#2
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~200213#1
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
~20076#1
[KB ABR] Kevin Burke and Cal Scott. Across the Black River. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Cal Scott (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer).
201412#1
[LWard] Lisa Ward. Black Swan. Lisa Ward (fiddle).
20146#1
[SWlsh 5] Séamus Walshe. Turas. Séamus Walshe (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fly by Night No. 2
JReidy 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Banks Hornpipe
JB 2
Newcastle
BCw 1
High Level
LWard
Second Star
SWlsh 5

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 #52 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As hp #53 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): 1973