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Tune ID#1639 (Rakes of Mallow)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakes of Mallow about these two bars
These two bars are quoted from the transcription in the book A (details in the Bibliography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Rakes of Mallow, The / Rakes of Mallow / The Rakes of Marlow (2nd in set Innisfail Special on OTUS1; for The Walls of Limerick in book MM) (also in D)
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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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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
High Caul Cap
Played beforeOn Albums
Mickey Chewing Bubblegum


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 #1814 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #119#3 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 30 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
On page 4 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
As misc #33 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 17 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 237 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #100 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): 1903