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Tune ID#1617 (Primrose Lass)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Primrose Lass about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Fling16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Primrose Lass, The / Primrose Lass / The Primrose Girl / The Primrose Lassy / Gearrchaile na Samhaircíní / The Primrose Lasses / The Primrose Lassies / St. Patrick's Night / The Maids / The Kilworth Lasses / The Brown-Eyed Girl / The Brown Eyed Girl (also in D, also as reel, included here) (compare most closely Gillespie's #6328, then Primrose Lass #5455 and most distantly #6225)
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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).
192621#1
~19508#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
1978B.3#1
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
~1978B.1#1
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle).
~19901.1#2
[HamHam] Hammy Hamilton. The Moneymusk. Hammy Hamilton (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute), with Connie (fiddle).
~19921#3
[PMcG 1] Paul McGrattan. The Frost Is All Over. Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle).
~199415#2
~199710#1
[Sol 2] Solas. Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers. Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, mandocello, vocals), Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, whistle, mandolin, guitar, bodhrán, percussion), Winifred Horan (fiddle), John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: 1st time Seamus (flute).
~19993#2
[HB 1] Harry Bradley. Bad Turns and Horse-Shoe Bends. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20035#1
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (D flute), with Brian Rooney (fiddle).
~200711#2
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Torn Jacket
HamHam
Abbey Reel
PMcG 1
Old Woman of the House
CmA 1
Miss Thornton's
HB 1
Fermanagh Highland
Hmdgr
Played beforeOn Albums
Red-Haired Lass
WW 2
Gurren's Castle
JDJO
Green Grow the Rushes O
ECahill
Molly from Longford
Sol 2
Craig's Pipes
MMlvy
Johnny McIljohn's Reel
Hmdgr

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 #733 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #189 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As misc #53 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #276 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #8 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1907