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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#2135 (Merry Girl)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry Girl about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JMcK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Merry Girl, The / An Cailín Sona / An Cailín Meidhreach / Mary Girl / The Kiss Behind the Door / Kiss behind the Door / An Phóg taobh thiar den Doras / An Phóg Taobh Thir den Doras / Up and Away / McKenna's Polka 2 (2nd in set McKenna's on FlgDub) (also played as a barndance)
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cd Discography

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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[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute), with Michael Gaffney (banjo).
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[RtHaMtD] Round the House and Mind the Dresser. John McKenna (flute), Michael Gaffney (banjo).
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[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute), with Eddie Meehan (flute).
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[ItS] In the Smoke. John Clifford (accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle).
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[FlgDub] Paddy Glackin, Mick Gavin, Michael O'Brien. The Flags of Dublin. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Mick Gavin (flute), Michael O'Brien [known later as:] Mick O'Brien (pipes). For this tune: Mick (flute).
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[MMrch 1] Marcas Ó Murchú. Ó Bhéal go Béal. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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[SQGH] Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings. Slán le Loch Eirne. Stories to Tell. Séamus Quinn (fiddle, melodeon, viola, piano), Gary Hastings (flute).
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[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Martin Gaffney (flute).
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[OMcD] Oisín Mac Diarmada. Ar an bhFidil. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, whistle).
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[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon).
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[NnNCsd] Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. Draoícht na Feadóige. Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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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 133 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #83 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 30 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As tune #32 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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): 1929