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Tune ID#2408 (Wily Old Bachelor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Wily Old Bachelor about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SltSdt (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Wily Old Bachelor, The / The Wily Old Batchelor / The Wily Old Man / The Bashful Bachelor / The Bashful Batchelor / An Baitsiléir Cúthail / An Baitsiléir Cothúil / An Baitsiléir Cúthalach / The Handsome Batchelor / The Bachelor / Where Did You Find Her? / Walk Your Chalk (2nd in set Hornpipes on JReidy 3)
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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).
19601.19#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Johnny Pickering (fiddle).
~197110#1
~197213#1
[BHCMoher] Sean Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Pat Lyons. Back Home to the Cliffs of Mohir [sic]. Sean Ryan (fiddle), Pat Lyons (accordion), Kathleen Ryan (piano).
~19778#2
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
~19812.5#2
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
~19995#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. PJ Hernon (accordion), Donal Hernon (fiddle), with Maria Lynn McHugh (piano).
~200111#2
[JCt 3] John Carty. Yeh, That's All It Is. John Carty (fiddle, guitar).
201210#2
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).
20142#1
[LfAllChk] Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen. Life Is All Checkered. Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Feddersen (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tailor's Twist
DODnl
Galway Hornpipe
JReidy 3
Flowers of Spring
JCt 3
Flaherty's Hornpipe
CtNGn
Played beforeOn Albums
Spellan's Fiddle
ST BST, MtRd
Harvest Home
SltSdt
Western
BHCMoher
Japanese Hornpipe
CtNGn
Flogging Reel
LfAllChk

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 #1751 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #923 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #83 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #215 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 209 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #214 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #7 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].

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