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Tune ID#1600 (Please Give a Penny to the Poor Old Man)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Please Give a Penny to the Poor Old Man 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 ?
Fling32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Please Give a Penny to the Poor Old Man / The Royal Artillery Band (for last figure of Lancers on TDMI; 1st in set McLaughlin's Flings on FG 2; 1st in set Dinkie's on Fdl 2; 2nd in set The Teelin Polkas on HB 3) (also as reel) (compare the very similar but consistently different polka Leather Away the Wattle O #3774)
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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.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19537#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Johnny Doherty (fiddle).
198310#1
[FG 2] Frankie Gavin. Croch Suas É. Up and Away. Frankie Gavin (flute, fiddle, whistle, accordion). For this tune: (Eb flute, fiddle).
~20065#2
[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~200912#1
[Fdl 2] Fidil. 3. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle), Damien McGeehan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Teelin
HB 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Staten Island
FG 2, Fdl 2

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): 1953