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Tune ID#1643 (Madam If You Please)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Madam If You Please about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MMR 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Madam If You Please / Girl of the Golden Tresses / Cailín an Órfhoilt / The Girl of the Golden Tresses / The Rambles of Joe Burke (also in F)
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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).
~19882#2
[SCnly 1] Séamus Connolly. Notes from My Mind. Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
~199515#2
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
~19964#1
[LoStBand] The Lonely Stranded Band. The Lonely Stranded Band. Traditional Irish Music and Song from Charlie Piggott, Miriam Collins and Joe Corcoran. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Miriam Collins (concertina), Joe Corcoran (vocals, bouzouki, guitar).
~20031.4#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Billy Clifford (flute).
~20115#1
[DBrder] Dan Brouder. "The Lark's Air". Dan Brouder (accordion, melodeon).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Blackbirds and Thrushes
SCnly 1
Shrove Tuesday
MMR 1
Spellan the Fiddler
WFO 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Stranger
LoStBand
Grandfather's Thought
WFO 2
Boys of Bluehill
DBrder

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 #944 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #254 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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