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Tune ID#2082 (Woman of the House)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the House about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Woman of the House, The / Woman of the House / Bean an Tí / Bean á Tí / Bean an Tí ar lár / Bean A Tig Air Lar / The Lady of the House / Bean a' Tigh Faoi Chlair / Woman of the House in the Closed Coffin / Mistress of the House (1st in set The Ways to the Racket on PJConlon; 1st in set Lady of the House on JMcK; 2nd in set Reels from the 1920's on FG 3; 2nd in set Clumsy Love on McP BHB) (also in A or D) (compare Old Woman of the House #1471)
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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).
19232.6#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
19241.8#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (F flute).
19272.2#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
19275#2
192711#2
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
19287#1
[BFair] Ballinasloe Fair. Early Recordings of Irish Music in America. Packie Dolan (fiddle) and the Melody Boys.
192820#1
192824#1
193915#2
19491#3
[POK] Pádraig O'Keeffe. The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~195121#2
19529#2
[KF] Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford. Kerry Fiddles. Padraig O'Keefe (fiddle), Denis Murphy (fiddle), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Murphy.
19529#2
[RshMtn] The Rushy Mountain. Denis Murphy (fiddle).
19551.4#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
~19561#1
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals).
~195618#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Michael Gorman, Margaret Barry.
196031#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina). For this tune: with Denis Murphy (fiddle), Johnny Pickering (fiddle), Michael Preston (flute).
19668#4
[BC 3] Bobby Casey. The Spirit of West Clare. Bobby Casey (fiddle, whistle).
19677#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
19671#2
[ItS] In the Smoke. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~197113#2
19734#2
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~197510#2
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~197611#2
[KClns 1] Kathleen Collins. Traditional Music of Ireland. Kathleen Collins (fiddle).
~19788#2
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes).
~19788#5 (6:22)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~198211#1
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~19899#2
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
19905#2
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
19912.2#2
[McP BHB] The McPeake Family and Paul Burns. Back Home in Belfast. (pipes).
~19977#1
[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).
199910#2
[RBys 2] Randal Bays. The Salmon's Leap. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar). For this tune: with John (accordion).
~200012#1
[MMcNmr 2] Mary MacNamara. The Blackberry Blossom. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C/G concertina), with Andrew MacNamara (accordion).
20019#1
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~20035#1
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (Bb pipes), (fiddle).
~20055#4
[CTL 11] Cherish the Ladies. Woman of the House. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo, banjitar, octave mandolin), Heidi Talbot (vocals), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Mirella Murray (accordion).
~20055#3
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
~20126#2
[LeChle] Séamus Begley and Oisín Mac Diarmada. Together. Le Chéile. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle). For this tune: Oisín (fiddle).
~201514#3
[OMcD 2] Oisín Mac Diarmada. The Green Branch. An Géagán Glas. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Morning Dew
MC, WW 2, MC 2, JV, TDMI, ST BST, KClns 1
Bank of Ireland
PitS, ItS, BC 4
Hare's Paw
KF, RshMtn
Pigeon on the Gate
OTUS1
Callaghan's
POK
Old Woman of the House
AL
Boys of Ballisodare
BC 3
Sligo Maid
KB SD
Dublin Reel
Dbl
Earl's Chair
KB Cap
Maids of Castlebar
FG 3
Duke of Leinster
COG 1
Cup of Tea
McP BHB
Gypsy Princess
RBys 2
Aggie Whyte's
CTL 11
Jolly Tinker
CDrny 4
King of the Clans
LeChle
Vincent Harrison's
OMcD 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Ballinasloe Fair
BFair, WW 1, MG
Morning Dew
PitS, ItS, BC 4
Union Reel
PJConlon
I Wish I Never Saw You
JMcK
Bloom of Youth
BC 3
Rakish Paddy
ST BST
Sailor's Bonnet
KB SD
Girl that Broke My Heart
KB Cap
Morning Star
TP 4
Steeplechase
FG 3
Clumsy Lover
McP BHB
Yellow Tinker
NaCnn 1
Green Groves of Erin
MMcNmr 2
Maid of Mount Kisco
PHCB
Rolling in the Ryegrass
KLO

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 38 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
On page 111 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #86 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 114 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 111 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 28 of [TOC] Tomás Ó Canainn. Traditional Music in Ireland. [available]
As tune #209 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 88 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
On pages 68-69 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 119 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #41 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As reel #355 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #25 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): 1923