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Tune ID#1823 (Stack of Barley)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of Barley about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BFair (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):
Stack of Barley, The / Stack of Barley / The Little Stack of Barley / An Stáicín Eórnan / An Staicín Eornan / An Staicín Eorna / The Stacks of Barley / [Stack of Wheat] / Little Mary Cassidy / Evening Was Waning / Patrick Condon's Vision (1st in an alternating pair of tunes originally titled The Royal Stack of Barley on RtHMad; 1st in set Stack of Barley Medley on OTUS1; 1st in set Stack of Barley Medley on MC 2; 1st and 2nd in set The Harvest Suite on KMKerry; 3rd in set The Four Stacks (Rye / Oats / Wheat / Barley) on KCrhn; 1st in set Stack of Barley Set on CLnn 2; 2nd in set Hooley with the Herd on TWnch) (also in D or A or C, also as barndance, also as song Kerry Long Ago, also as air) (compare The Stack #5055 and more distantly the polka Girl I Left Behind Me #2885)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
191614#1
[JKm] John J. Kimmel. John J. Kimmel. Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music. John J. Kimmel (accordion).
19211.18#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
19211.20#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
192712#1
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Michael Coleman (fiddle), Packie Dolan (fiddle).
19282#2
193413#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Louis E. Quinn and His Shamrock Minstrels: Louis E. Quinn (fiddle), James O'Beirne (fiddle), Patrick Lynch (accordion).
~19445#1
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
~19505#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
19524#2
[KF] Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford. Kerry Fiddles. Padraig O'Keefe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Murphy, Clifford.
~19692#2
[SatG] Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. The Star above the Garter. Fiddle music from Kerry, played by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
~19739#2
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19746#1
[SE 3] Séamus Ennis. The Wandering Minstrel. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19847#2
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~198721#1
[ICTM] Ireland. Irlande. Seán Ó Duinnshléibhe of the Blasket islands (A melodeon).
19922.7#1
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~19924#2
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes). For this tune: Liam (pipes).
~199319#1
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~19943#2
[JCt 1] John Carty and Brian McGrath. The Cat that Ate the Candle. John Carty (banjo, fiddle), Brian McGrath (piano, banjo). For this tune: (banjo).
19958#1
19958#2
~199512#2
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
~19954#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: Robbie (B pipes).
~19966#2
[GOh] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin. Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina, whistle).
~19971#2
[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes).
~199912#2
[TWnch] Terence Winch. When New York Was Irish. Songs and Tunes by Terence Winch. Terence Winch (accordion, vocals, banjo).
~20002#1
[LLses 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle). For this tune: 1st time (banjo).
200111#2
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20014#3
[KCrhn] Kevin Crehan. An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare. Kevin Crehan (fiddle).
~20047#1
[Ovld] Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Overland. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
20052#2
[BLch 2] Brendan P. Lynch. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music from the Heart of Fingal. Brendan P. Lynch (fiddle).
~20071.2#1
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
20124#1
[Yanks 1] The Yanks. The Yanks. Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes), Dylan Foley (fiddle), Dan Gurney (accordion), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki).
~20144#2
[MMcNmr 3] Mary MacNamara. Note for Note. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina).

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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 #1627 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #858 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #201 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #89 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 180 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As misc #52 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 76 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #79 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As hp #50 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As hp #51 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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