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Tune ID#251 (Butcher's March)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's March about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IDM 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Butcher's March, The / Butcher's March / The Butchers' March / Butchers March / Máirseáil an Bhúistéara / Tom Billy's Butcher's March / The Butcher's Jig / Butcher's Jig / The Butchers of Bristol / Butchers of Bristol / The Lark's March / Lark's March / The Gander at the Pratie Hole / Gander at the Pratie Hole / The Bog of Allen / Bog of Allen / Bogs of Allen / Along with the Girls I'd Like to Be / The Boys of Clones / Boys of Clones / When Sick Old Hag is it Tea You Want? / Bloody Oul' Hag, Is It Tay You Want? / Brendan Begley's Jig (2nd in set Bohola Jigs on McGrCool; 3rd in set The Blue Idol on A BI) (also with parts reversed. Also in F) (the 6-part setting from O'Farrell's Pocket Companion is included here) (compare Tom Billy's Butcher's March #6724)
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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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[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Tom Ennis (pipes).
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[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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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).
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[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Michael Cashin (fiddle), Tom Doyle (flute).
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[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien.
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[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
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[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Ed Cahill (C# flute).
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[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Fred Finn (fiddle).
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[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle).
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[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (whistle).
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[McGrCool] McGreevy and Cooley. McGreevy and Cooley. John McGreevy (fiddle), Seamus Cooley (flute).
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[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle). For this tune: Joe Shannon (pipes).
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[LinL] Charlie Lennon and Mick O'Connor. Lucky in Love. Charlie Lennon (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute).
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[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals).
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[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
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[Shskn 6] Shaskeen. My Love Is in America. Tom Cussen (banjo), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), Charlie Harris (accordion), Kevin Rohan (fiddle, vocals).
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[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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[TCB 3] The Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years. P. J. Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Francis Donnellan (fiddle), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), J. J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), Jim Corry (piano), Michael Flanigan (drums).
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[JOBM 1] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes).
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[PCln] Pat Cloonan. Pat Cloonan's Thanksgiving. Patrick Cloonan (accordion). For this tune: with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
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[A BI] Altan. Blue Idol. Not identified in liner notes. [Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar), Dáithi Sproule (guitar)].
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[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).
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[CtlnCrn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh. Caitlín Ciarán. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance), Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle).
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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.
As tune #27(iii) in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 429 of [IMM] Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. [available]
As tune #867 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #127 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #21 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 36 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #40 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As jig #5 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 77 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 127 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #17 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #233 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 92 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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): 1810