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Tune ID#1347 (Mother and Child Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Mother and Child Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JW 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Mother and Child Reel, The / Mother and Child / Peata Beag is a Mháthair / Peata Geal do Mháthair / Is Trua gan Peata 'n Mhaoir agam / Peata Beag mo Mháthar / Your Mother's Fair Pet / The Yellow Cow / I'm Ready Now! / Our House at Home (also in G, also reversed parts, also as song) (compare Our House at Home #4405)
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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).
~199511#1
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina).
19973#4
[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
~19982#2
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: Paul Brock (accordion), Kevin Crawford (flute).
~20041.19#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Alan Doherty (Eb flute).
~20057#1
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (Bb flute).
20063#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
201415#1
[LLses 5] The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley. The One I Loved the Best. Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, whistle, saxophone, backing vocal), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Brona McVittie (vocal, harp), Chris O'Malley (piano, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Broken Pledge
MH 3
Byrne's Hornpipe
MvC 2
Maids in the Meadow
MOR 2
Cailín na Gruaige Doinne
WFO 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back
JW 1
Toss the Feathers
MH 3
Flowers of Redhill
MvC 2
Paddy Taylor's
MMhn
Shoemaker's Daughter
LLses 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 #259 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As reel #129 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #795 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc 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): 1966