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Tune ID#1950 (Tongs by the Fire)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tongs by the Fire about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 1 (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):
Tongs by the Fire, The / Tongs by the Fire / An Tlú le hais na Tine / Tongues of Fire / Come to the Raffle (2nd in set Crossroads on MOCCH 1) (also in F)
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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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[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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[JCC] Jack and Charlie Coen. The Branch Line. Jack Coen (flute), Charlie Coen (concertina).
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[SMMcG] Seamus and Manus McGuire. Humours of Lissadell. Seamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
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[MvC 1] Moving Cloud. Moving Cloud. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), Carl Hession (piano).
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[KH] Kieran Hanrahan. Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo).
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[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa).
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[CTL 12] Cherish the Ladies. A Star in the East. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mirella Murray (accordion), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals), Michelle Burke (vocals, harmony vocals).
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[NnNCsd] Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. Draoícht na Feadóige. Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (flute, whistle). For this tune: with Meaití Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta (pipes).
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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 #962 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #185 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 13 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As tune #47 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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