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Tune ID#1857 (Sweeney's Buttermilk)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sweeney's Buttermilk about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch B (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBB Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sweeney's Buttermilk / Buttermilk Mary / Charlie's Buttermilk Mary / Charlie Lennon's / Charlie Lennon's No. 2 / McGlinchey's / McGlinchy's / Scarce o' Taties (3rd in set Bealach an Doirín on Ch B) (composed by Brendan McGlinchy aka Brendan McGlinchey)
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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).
197313#2
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~19795#3
[Ch B] The Chieftains. 9. Boil the Breakfast Early. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle). For this tune: 1st time, 1st part Matt Molloy (flute).
~19885#2
[SW] Silly Wizard. Live Wizardry.
~19901#3
[VK 1] Vinnie Kilduff. The Boys from the Blue Hill. Vinnie Kilduff (whistle, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, bodhrán).
19922#4
[BMu 2] Brendan Mulvihill, Donna Long. The Morning Dew. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Donna Long (piano).
199710#1
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Kevin Crawford (flute).
19984#3
[CFF 2] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître / Soïg Siberil. Celtic Fiddle Festival Encore. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle), Soïg Siberil (guitar). For this tune: Kevin.
~19989#3
[Cltri 3] Ceoltóirí. Women of Ireland. Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, flute, whistle), Connie McKenna (vocals, guitar), Sue Richards (harp). For this tune: (flute), Karen (hammered dulcimer).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Splendid Isolation
KB SD
Cuz Teahan's Favorite
Ch B
Cape Breton Fiddler's Welcome to Shetland
VK 1
Broken Pledge
BMu 2
Gowden Locks
CFF 2
Killavil Fancy
Cltri 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Splendid Isolation
SW
Green Garters
BMu 2
Miss Lyon's Fancy
JDr 3

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 #14 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #20 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #34 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 62 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 105 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #36 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): 1973