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Tune ID#2381 (Little Black Pig)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Little Black Pig about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MH 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Little Black Pig, The / The Garden of Butterflies / James Murray's / Drimroe Cross / Drim Roe Cross / John Feehily's / John Feehilly's / Delaney's Jig / Delaney's / Port Tíneatha / Tynagh Jig / The Leitrim Jig / Lambert's Jig / Molloy's (1st in set Dominic's Farewell on OCG) (also in Mixolydian) (this tune includes a fairly wide range of settings, but without any consistent signatures that would allow separating these into distinct tunes; note that only some of the included settings bear the following comparisons: compare Hag's Purse #1472 and Walls of Liscarroll #2031; compare 1st part with 1st part of Jackie Roche's Favorite #5367, with 1st part of Boys of Tandragee #3289, and more distantly with the 1st part of Lake Shore #6498) (credited to James Murray on Bua 3, but that seems nearly impossible given the history of this tune's sources and that James Murray was not even born until 1947)
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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).
~19752.10#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~199316#2
[MR 6] Micho Russell. The Limestone Rock. Micho Russell (whistle).
19973#2
[MH 3] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. The Lonesome Touch. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
~19985#1
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Paddy Rafferty (lilting).
~19993#1
[CODnl 1] Colm O'Donnell. Farewell to Evening Dances. Colm O'Donnell (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (flute).
~199917#1
~200711#2
[OMcA] Oisín McAuley. Far from the Hills of Donegal. Oisín McAuley (fiddle, guitar).
~20092#1
[OCG] Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford. On Common Ground. Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: 1st time Cillian (pipes).
~20104#2
[CGJS 1] Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake. The Ewe with the Crooked Horn. Colm Gannon (accordion, melodeon), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (flute, guitar, piano).
~20119#3
[Bua 3] Bua. Down the Green Fields. Devin Shepherd (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute, pipes, whistle), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, concertina, dance), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Walls of Liscarroll
MR 6
Poll Ha'penny
MH 3
Capelhouse
OMcA
Kitty's Rambles
CGJS 1
Farewell, Sweet Nora
Bua 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Broken Pledge
MH 3
Angry Peeler
CODnl 1
Ned Coleman's
OCG

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 #45 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #207 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As jig #35 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As jig #37 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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): 1963