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Tune ID#1465 (Old John's Jig)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old John's Jig about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TP 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old John's Jig / Old John's / Port Shean tSeáin / Port Shean Tseain / Port Shean Sheáin / Port Sheain Sheosaima / Brian O'Lynn / Brian Ua Fhloinn (2nd in set Sonny Brogans Jigs on Oisn 3; within arrangement of John Doolan on Scglen 2; 1st in set Brian O'Lynn on Yanks 2) (also in E or B) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Put on Your Clothes #2467 and with 1st part of Bryan O'Lynn #238; also compare the reel The Kerryman's Daughter #1021)
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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).
~197213#2
[TMacMn 1] Tony MacMahon. Tony MacMahon. Tony MacMahon (accordion).
~19768#1
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19801.5#2
[Oisn 3] Oisín. Over the Moor to Maggie. Gerry Phelan (flute, whistle), Geraldine McGowan (vocals, bodhrán, recorder), Seamus McGowan (guitar, vocals), Brein MacDonagh [sic for:] Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Tom MacDonagh [sic for:] Tom McDonagh (bouzouki, guitar), Mick Davis (fiddle).
~19861.4#2
[Scglen 2] Scartaglen. The Middle Path. Connie Dover (keyboard, vocals), Frank Martin (flute, whistle, bones), Kirk Lynch (pipes, bouzouki, guitar, whistle, mandolin), Roger Landes (cittern, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán), Matt Kirby (hammered dulcimer, bodhrán), Mike Dugger (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals).
~20115#1
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle).
20141.2#1
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Reverend Brother's Jig
TMacMn 1, Oisn 3
John Doolan
Scglen 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Queen of the Fair
TP 2
A Thousand Farewells
JCtBRn
Jack Coen's Jig
Yanks 2

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 #22 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 51 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As jig #90 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #86 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As jig #44 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): 1963