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Tune ID#1917 (Tobin's Favorite)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tobin's Favorite about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tobin's Favorite / Tobin's Favourite / Tobin's Fancy / Tobin's Jig / Follow Me Around the Garden / The Wandering Minstrel (1st in set Tobin's Fancy on MC: 1st in set Tobin's on MC 2; 1st in set Around the Old Turf Fire on FBros)
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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).
19277#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Joseph Sullivan (pipes), Patrick Doran (flute), Joe Owens (fiddle).
192813#1
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin). For this tune: (harmonica), (mouth harp).
19341.15#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
193415#1
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
~19474#2
~19571.10#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
~19782.3#2
[Oisn 2] Oisín. Bealoideas. Seamus McGowan (guitar, vocals), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Geraldine McGowan (vocals, bodhrán, recorder), Brian McDonagh (guitar, mandolin), Mick Davis (fiddle, vocals).
19981#1
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
~199810#2
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
20037#1
[Mona] Live at Mona's. Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Cillian Vallely (pipes), Brian Holleran (flute).
~201114#4
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: James Carty (fiddle).

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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 #775 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #52 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 22 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 277 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #31 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 111 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 188 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #129 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #219 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): 1903