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Tune ID#2099 (Shoe the Donkey)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Shoe the Donkey about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording HG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Mazurka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Shoe the Donkey / Cuir Crú ar an Asal / Shoo the Donkey / Warsoviana / The Varsouviana / The Varsovienne / Varsovienne / Versevanna / The Versevianna / The Versavienna / Father Halpin's Top Coat / Fr. Halpin's Top Coat / Fr.Halpin's TopCoat / Father Harpin's Topcoat / Gan Ainm (also in D) (compare Shoe the Donkey #5557)
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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).
193912#1
[HG] Hugh Gillespie. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
~195311#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
19681.4#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
196926#1
[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. Michael Gorman (fiddle).
~200012#2
[DH 3] Dan Herlihy and John Drew. The Ballydesmond Polka. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra Played By Dan Herlihy and John Drew. Dan Herlihy (accordion), John Drew (mandocello).
~20042#1
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
200510#2
[BLch 2] Brendan P. Lynch. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music from the Heart of Fingal. Brendan P. Lynch (fiddle).
~200722#1
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
20109#1
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sonny's Mazurka
DH 3, BLch 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Untitled
RtHaMtD
Keel Row
JK 4
Emigrant's Letter
MCnDMn

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 #342 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #150 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 24 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
On page 63 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
As tune #95 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): 1927