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Tune ID#2035 (Wandering Minstrel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Wandering Minstrel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Wandering Minstrel, The / Wandering Minstrel / An Ceoltóir Fánach / The Dandy Scholar / Jackson's / Michael Coleman's / The Fair Maidens / Merry Maiden / Willy Walsh's (1st in set The Wandering Minstrel Medley on MLIIA; 2nd in set Wandering Minstrel on BRny 1; 2nd in set Cronin's Jigs on StryGoes) (compare 1st 2 parts with Gallant Boys of Tipperary #4882; compare 1st part with 1st part of Willy Walsh's #7046)
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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).
196613#3
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
~19741#1
[SE 3] Séamus Ennis. The Wandering Minstrel. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~197413#1
~1977A.6#2
[CronBrk] Johnny Cronin and Joe "Banjo" Burke. Cronin and Burke. Johnny Cronin (fiddle), Joe "Banjo" Burke (banjo).
~198113#1
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion). For this tune: with Pat Keogh (fiddle).
199021#1
199111#3
[Ch AIE] The Chieftains. An Irish Evening. Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, keyboards).
199312#1
[CTL 4] Cherish the Ladies. Out and About. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, bouzouki), Maureen Doherty Macken (accordion, whistle), Winifred Horan (fiddle), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Cathie Ryan (vocals).
~199410#2
[EI 1] Eileen Ivers. Eileen Ivers. Traditional Irish Music. Eileen Ivers (fiddle, mandolin, rainstick).
~199512#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: Robbie (B pipes).
~199819#1
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: Kevin Henry (C whistle), Maggie Healy (C whistle).
19992#1
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
~19998#2
[BRny 1] Brian Rooney. The Godfather. Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: with John Carty (banjo).
~200010#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: (flute).
~200210#1
[RBPOL 2] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
~20104#2
[2TapTrio] The Two Tap Trio. A Night at the Fair. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Norah Rendell (flute, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals).
~20119#2
[StryGoes] Seán Tyrrell, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Browne. And So the Story Goes . . .. Seán Tyrrell (banjo, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, tenor guitar, vocals), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Nightingale
CronBrk, StryGoes
Maid in the Meadow
BC 3
Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile
Ch AIE
Geese in the Bog
EI 1
Cook in the Kitchen
Whr
Rose in the Heather
BRny 1
Doberman's Wallet
2TapTrio
Played beforeOn Albums
Jackson's Morning Brush
SE 3, GP
Fasten the Leg in Her
MLIIA, CrssCl
Maid on the Green
KHe, LLses 1
Coleman's Cross
BC 3
MillpondBMc 1
Jim Keeffe's
CTL 4
Pride of Moyvane
EI 1
High Part of the Road
RBPOL 2
Tiocfaidh Tú Abhaile Liom
2TapTrio

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.
On page 42 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #36 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As jig #84 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #187 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 115 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #82 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On pages 194-195 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #160 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): 1934