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Tune ID#1486 (O'Sullivan's March)

Transcription of first 2 bars of O'Sullivan's March about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JCrv (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):
O'Sullivan's March / Máirseáil Uí Shúilleabháin / O'Sullivan More's March / Dé bheatha ad' shláinte, Uí Shúilleabháin Mhóir / Páinneach na nUbh / The Basket of Eggs / The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket / There Was an Old Woman / Sweeping the Cobwebs Out of the Sky / Carawath Jig / Green Goose Fair / Glengariff / The Onehorned Cow / A Rock and a Wee Pickle Tow / When the Wind Blows / Montrosse's March / Pretenders' March / The Scotch March / The Retreat (also in A or D, also as march) (compare Charley the Prayermaster #3102 and Out on the Ocean #1489 compare 1st part with 1st part of Sullivan's #3788)
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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).
~19777#1
[Ch 7] The Chieftains. 7. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, oboe), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán).
~19964#3
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Terry Crehan (fiddle).
20011#2
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20053#3
[ACrby 1] Angelina Carberry. An Traidisiún Beo. Angelina Carberry (banjo). For this tune: with Peter Carberry (accordion).
~20109#3
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20107#1
[MoMad] Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. A Moment of Madness. Brendan Begley (accordion), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle).
~201214#1
[MiMulc] Michelle Mulcahy. Suaimhneas. Michelle Mulcahy (harp).
~20138#1
[BHughes] Brian Hughes. The Beat of the Breath. Brian Hughes (whistle). For this tune: (A whistle).
20146#1
[CtlnCrn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Caitlín Ciarán. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle). For this tune: Caitlín (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
An Sean Duine
MOB
Tony Molloy's
JCrv
Dawn Chorus
ACrby 1
An Buachaill Dreoite
CYHCIt
Played beforeOn Albums
An Sean Duine
Ch 7
Celia's Jig
MiMulc
Coolinarne
BHughes
Green Fields of Glentown
CtlnCrn

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 #12(ii) in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #771 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #51 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #315 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #12(i) in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 22 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [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): 1666