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Tune ID#1365 (Mullingar Lea)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullingar Lea about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Mullingar Lea / The Mullingar Lea / The Mullingar Lee / Bán an Mhuillinn Ghearr / Mullinalee Lee / The Streets of Mullingar / The Nine-Pint Coggie / The Pint of Ale (also 2nd or both parts doubled) (composed by Paddy Kelly)
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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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[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
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[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
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[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute).
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[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute).
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[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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[LYK] Liz and Yvonne Kane. The Well Tempered Bow. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano).
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[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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[Ovld] Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Overland. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
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[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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[RBys 3] Randal Bays. Dig with It. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar, harp).
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[Yanks 1] The Yanks. The Yanks. Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes), Dylan Foley (fiddle), Dan Gurney (accordion), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki).
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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.
On page 91 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #5 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #192 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 7 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #232 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): 1937