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Tune ID#1686 (Roaring Mary)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Roaring Mary about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Roaring Mary / Roarin' Mary / Máire Bhéiceach / Máire Na Búirí / Máire Scairteach (3rd in Caledonian Set on MHyDLd 1) (compare #2916)
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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).
193611#1
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
19466#2
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Moate Ceilidhe Band.
~19552.2#2
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: Ballinakill Céilí Band.
~19571.14#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
~19621.5#1
[VCbl] Vincent Campbell. The Purple Heather. Vincent Campbell (fiddle).
~19633#3
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion). For this tune: with Joe Leary (fiddle).
~1973A.6#2
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
~1974B.2#2
[McGrCool] McGreevy and Cooley. McGreevy and Cooley. John McGreevy (fiddle), Seamus Cooley (flute). For this tune: Seamus (flute).
~19985#3
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
20002.8#2
20018#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~200210#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
200315#3
[MHyDLd 1] Michael Hynes and Denis Liddy. Waifs and Strays. Michael Hynes (flute), Denis Liddy (fiddle).
~200815#2
[RossBr] Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell. Rossinver Braes. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Tony O'Connell (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Skylark
JC, AClareSn, McGrCool, THwtB, LaL, BRny 2, RossBr
Salamanca
IDM 2
Bag of Spuds
EMlny
Sligo Maid
PHCB
London Lasses
MHyDLd 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Maids of Castlebar
BtB, JV
Sligo Maid
LaL

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 #161 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As reel #20 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #41 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 54 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 91 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #293 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #243 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #81 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): 1936