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Tune ID#2353 (Sergeant Early's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sergeant Early's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TKn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sergeant Early's / Sergt. Early's Jig / Sgt. Early's Jig / Sergt. Early's / Port an Achréidh (3rd in set Sarsfield Lilt on OTUS1) (also in Major, also as single jig) (compare Garrett Barry's #702)
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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).
19285#3
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Flanagan Brothers: Joe Flanagan (accordion), Mike Flanagan (banjo).
~199112#2
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
20164#1
[ACwMoss] Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown. All Covered with Moss. Alison Perkins (fiddle, vocals), Nicolas Brown (B pipes, B flute). For this tune: Alison (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Conlon's Jig
OTUS1
Down the Back Lane
TKn
Played beforeOn Albums
Galway Tom
ACwMoss

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 #725 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #25 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #59 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 73 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [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