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Tune ID#147 (Biddy the Bold Wife)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Biddy the Bold Wife about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TDMI (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Biddy the Bold Wife / Biddy the Bowl Wife (compare 1st part with 1st part of #5188)
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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).
~195212#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The McCusker Brothers Ceilidh Band.
19916#1
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
~199612#3
[ECotter] Eamonn Cotter. Traditional Irish Music from County Clare. Eamonn Cotter (flute).
~200010#1
[COC] Connie O'Connell. Ceol Cill na Martra (Music from Cill Na Martra). Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gallowglass
ECotter
Played beforeOn Albums
I Lost My Love and I Care Not
TDMI
Out with the Boys
BBow 3
Farewell to the Corncrake
COC

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1952