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Tune ID#1442 (O'Donnell Abu)

Transcription of first 2 bars of O'Donnell Abu about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
March24ABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
O'Donnell Abu / O'Donnell Abú / O'Donnell Aboo / O' Donnell Aboo / Our Land Shall Be Free (also in G, also with both or no parts repeated, also as 7th figure for The Bridge of Athlone, also as song-air) (compare Scotland the Brave #2737)
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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).
~195313#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
~195713#1
[KR] Kevin Rowsome. The Rowsome Tradition. Kevin Rowsome (pipes). For this tune: Leo (pipes), Leon (pipes).
201515#1
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Minstrel Boy
JDJO
Boys of Wexford
KR
Coolin
CplySt

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 [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #331 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #121#7 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As march #10 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As misc #3 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