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Tune ID#2056 (Wheels of the World)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Wheels of the World about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MB 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):
Wheels of the World, The / Rothaí an Domhain / Rothaí an tSaoil / Coleman's Jig / Sean McGuire's Jig / Sheep on the Mountain (2nd in set The Wheels of the World on Drv 2; 3rd in set The Small Girl on MSHtn 1) (also in D)
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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).
~19797#3
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (E whistle).
~19954#2
[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar). For this tune: 1st time Shane Mitchell (accordion).
~19975#2
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar). For this tune: 1st time John Regan (accordion).
199811#3
[Lgcy] Legacy. Navan. Don Penzien (guitar, vocals, whistle), Valerie Plested (fiddle), Beth Patterson (bouzouki, vocals), Justin Murphy (flute, whistle).
199811#2
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).
~200312#3
[MSHtn 1] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Dearga. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, vocals, bodhrán, dobro, electric guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Old Tipperary
MB 1
Brodie Kierce's
Drv 2
Gallagher's Frolics
NaCnn 1
Mist-Covered Mountain
Lgcy
An Buachaillín Bán
JKn 5
Small Girl
MSHtn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Bill Harte's
Drv 2
Kesh Jig
NaCnn 1
Gallowglass
JKn 5

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 #777 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #54 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #34 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 108 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 196 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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