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Tune ID#2303 (Minstrel Boy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Minstrel Boy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
MarchG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Minstrel Boy, The / The Morin / The Lover's Lute / Then, Soldier, Come Fill High the Wine (also as song-air)
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cd Discography

Here is the sole recording of this tune considering only the indexed recordings.

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[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
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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 recording listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #203 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill'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