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Tune ID#170 (Maid at the Well)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid at the Well about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MR 8 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maid at the Well, The / The Maids of Glenroe / The Blackthorn Stick / An Maide Draighin / The Black Stripper / The Castle Street Jig / Silver Tip / The Milkmaid / I Saw a Hawk in Dundalk / The Hawk from Dundalk / Humours of Gurteen / Pat Curtins Jig / The Mullagh Jig / The Kilkenny Jig / Arthur McBride (4th in set Tenpenny Bit on Drv 5, where 2nd part is used as an intro; 2nd in set Stormy Night on TOCAM) (also in A) (compare Bill Collins' #5395 and compare 1st part with 1st part of #7063)
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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).
192918#1
[FidDel] The Fiddler's Delight. Rare 78rpm Irish Fiddle Recordings 1921-1945. Francis Cashin (fiddle), Tom Cawley (fiddle).
~19927#2
199318#1
[MR 8] Micho Russell. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador. Micho Russell (whistle, vocals).
~19952#1
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (B pipes), (concertina).
~19952#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
~19993#4
[Drv 5] Dervish. Midsummer's Night. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Tom Morrow (fiddle, viola, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle), Séamus O'Dowd (guitar, fiddle, harmonica, vocals), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin, vocals).
~200112#2
[HOP] Claire Byrne, Darragh Murphy, Barry Kerr, Patrick Davey. The Humours of Piping. Claire Byrne (pipes), Darragh Murphy (pipes), Barry Kerr (pipes), Patrick Davey (pipes). For this tune: Barry.
~20012#2
[JW 2] John Williams. Steam. John Williams (accordion, concertina, whistle, flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (accordion), with Seamus Egan (banjo), Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~20021.4#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20029#3
[Tda 1] Téada. Téada. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals, whistle, piano), John Blake (flute, whistle, guitar, piano), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki, vocals), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
~200512#2
[TOCAM] Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow. Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow with Arty McGlynn. Tony O'Connell (concertina), Andy Morrow (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kilmovee Jig
MMM
Young Tom Ennis
Whr
Scully Casey's
Drv 5
When the Cock Crows It Is Day
HOP
John Brady's
JW 2
Connie the SoldierTda 1
Queen of the Fair
MSCB
Stormy Night
TOCAM
Played beforeOn Albums
Father Tom's Wager
FidDel
Geese in the Bog
MMM
Gallowglass
WatReeds
Huidai Gallagher's March
TOCAM

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 #724 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #24 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #83 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #13 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As jig #3 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 92 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
As jig #8 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #85 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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