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Tune ID#1515 (Paddy Murphy's Wife)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Murphy's 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 JKn 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Paddy Murphy's Wife / Bean Phádraig Uí Mhurchú (also with a 3rd part composed by Paddy O'Brien the younger, of Offaly, also with 1st part doubled)
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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).
~19803#3
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
~19802.13#3
~19878#1
[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
~19936#2
[SnugBl] Paddy O'Brien, Jamie Gans, Daithi Sproule. Snug in the Blanket. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Jamie Gans (fiddle), Daithi Sproule (guitar).
~200715#2
[Chlr 3] Chulrua. The Singing Kettle. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Eileen Curran
JKn 2, GL20
Cabin Hunter
SnugBl
Golden Wedding
Chlr 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Gravel Walks
MM 3
Tam Lin
SnugBl

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 #1526 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #744 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 156 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #165 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #122 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #261 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