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Tune ID#2060 (Where Is the Cat?)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Where Is the Cat? about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDa 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Where Is the Cat? / Where Is the Cat / Where's the Cat / Wallop the Cat / Port Thaidhgín an Asail / Taidhgín an Asail's Jig / Tadeen the Fiddler / The Kitchen with No Food (1st in set Big Mikey's Slides on SBJM 2; 3rd in set The Tanglony on Yanks 2; 3rd in set County Clare-The Home of Polkas? on Socks 2) (also in G) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Huish the Cat #3658)
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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).
197710#2
[JDa 1] Jackie Daly. Music from Sliabh Luachra. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina).
197716#2
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Jackie Daly (accordion).
~20022#3
[SN 3] Sliabh Notes. Along Blackwater's Banks. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals).
~20084#2
[HiBs 1] The HiBs. 40 Acre Notch. Jode Dowling (fiddle), Kate Dowling (whistle, flute). For this tune: Jode (fiddle), Kate (flute).
~20094#2
[SBJM 2] Seamus Begley and Jim Murray. Éirí Go Lá. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Jim Murray (guitar, electric bass, keyboards, backing vocals, accordion).
20142.1#3
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).
20145#2
[LLses 5] The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley. The One I Loved the Best. Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, whistle, saxophone, backing vocal), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Brona McVittie (vocal, harp), Chris O'Malley (piano, guitar). For this tune: 1st time Aileen Geoghegan (accordion).
~20155#3
[Socks 2] Socks in the Frying Pan. Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space. Shane Hayes (accordion), Aodán Coyne (guitar, vocals), Fiachra Hayes (fiddle, banjo).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Brosna Slide
JDa 1, RshMtn
Star above the Garter
SN 3
Nelly Mahony's
HiBs 1
Dia do Bheatha
SBJM 2
Cúil Aodha
Yanks 2
Padraig O'Keefe's
LLses 5
Shane's Bog
Socks 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Pete Bradley's
HiBs 1
Brosna Slide
SBJM 2
Barrack Hill
Yanks 2
Many a Wild Night
LLses 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 #38 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #97 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #251 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As slide #10 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #109 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
As slide #34 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): 1967