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Tune ID#2059 (When Sick Is It Tea You Want?)

Transcription of first 2 bars of When Sick Is It Tea You Want? 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 2 (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):
When Sick Is It Tea You Want? / When Sick Is It Tea That You Want? / When Sick Is It Tea You Want / When Sick, Is It Tea You Want? / Tae ab'ea a Theastaíonn is Tú Tinn? / The One-Legged Man / The Penniless Traveller / Go to the Devil and Shake Yourself / Come from the Devil and Shake Yourself / The Irish Newsman
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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).
~19735#1
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19851#1
[Boys 11] Boys of the Lough. To Welcome Paddy Home. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, banjo, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, harmonica, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano).
~19969#1
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion).
~199810#1
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
19999#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).
20011#1
[JBC] Johnny B. Connolly. Bridgetown. Johnny B. Connolly (accordion). For this tune: with Kevin (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Drinagh
SE 2
Donegal Highland
Boys 11
Conlon's Jig
JBrosnan
Tobin's Favorite
FFH
Apples in Winter
CrssCl
Eddie Kelly's
JBC

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 #710 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #714 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #772 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #16 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #358 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #27 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 18 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 20 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
As tune #28 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As jig #22 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As jig #145 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): 1903