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Tune ID#1852 (Dancingmaster)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dancingmaster about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JsMrsh 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dancingmaster, The / The Dancing Master / Dancing Master / Swallow Tail Jig / Swallowtail Jig / The Swallow's Nest / The Swallow's Tail / The Heart of Me Kitty / Dromey's Fancy (also in E) (2nd in set La queue de l'hirondelle on Barde 1)
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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).
1977A.4#2
[Barde 1] Barde. Barde. Richard Chapman (mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, guitar, vocals), Toby Cinnsealaé (flute, recorder, percussion), Pierre Guérin (accordion, guitar, concertina, recorder, vocals), Cris MacRághallaigh [Chris Crilly] (fiddle, bodhrán, percussion, vocals), Ed Moore (bodhrán, percussion, flute, concertina), Elliot Selick (fiddle, banjo, flute).
~19952#2
[JsMrsh 2] Josephine Marsh. Josephine Marsh. Josephine Marsh (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Whelan's Jig
Barde 1
Cape Breton
JsMrsh 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Coleman's Cross
Barde 1

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 #960 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #183 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #21 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 47 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 99 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 270 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #84 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 185 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #122 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