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Tune ID#1655 (Red-Haired Boy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired Boy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FBros (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Red-Haired Boy, The / Red Haired Boy / The Redhaired Boy / Red Haired Lad / An Giolla Ruadh / Gilderoy / The Red-Headed Irishman / The Red Headed Irishman / The Little Beggarman / [misspelled as:] The Little Beggerman / Jolly Beggarman / [misspelled as:] Jolly Beggerman / The Jolly Beggerman / The Auld Rigadoo / The Old Rigadoo / An Carrowath / The First of May / Lovely Charlie (also in D Mixolydian, A Dorian, or E Dorian) (also as song, included here on ECoy 1 as 5th in set The Wet Ones)
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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).
~192115#1
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
~19489#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien.
~194914#2
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Frank Fallon's Orchestra.
~195821#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Tom Turkington.
~19742.22#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (whistle).
199111#1
[BF] Bards of a Feather. Homeward Way. Josh Culley (harp, whistle, flute, pipes, Highland pipes, accordion, recorder, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán, Scottish snare, vocals), Susanna Perry (fiddle, vocals, recorder), Barry Gilmore (guitar, bouzouki, hammered dulcimer, vocals, bodhrán), David Heiser (guitar, vocals, concertina, bodhrán).
~19935#2
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Mick Moloney (banjo).
19941.2#1
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
~200013#2
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C/G concertina?).
~200214#5
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin). For this tune: Ethna Coyne (accordion, vocals).
~20079#2
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin). For this tune: (banjo), (C melodeon).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Liverpool Hornpipe
IDM 2, Hmdgr
Road to the Isles
TDrty
An Spailpín Fánach
MMcNmr 2
Peg Ryan's
ECoy 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Crowley's No. 2
BPower

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 #1748 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #921 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 209 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 16 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
On page 39 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
On page 227 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #300 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #85 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 211 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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