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Tune ID#2527 (Darby the Driver)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Darby the Driver about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WU (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Darby the Driver / Bly's Jig / Paddy Cronin's / Cronin's Favourite / Cronin's Favorite / Con Williams' Jig / I nDeire ne Dala (1st in set Jigs on JReidy 3; for 3rd figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Old Man Dillon #1005; compare, remotely, #5462)
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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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[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
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[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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[WU] Martin Mulhaire, Séamus Connolly, Jack Coen. Warming Up. Martin Mulhaire (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle), Jack Coen (flute). For this tune: Jack (flute), Séamus (fiddle).
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[FSOD] Hervé Cantal, Denis Kersual, Vincent Blin, John Maguire, Gérard Tauzin, J.-Ch. Lequerre. For the Sake of Old Decency. Musique de tradition irlandaise en France. Music of Irish tradition in France. Hervé Cantal (flute, whistle), Denis Kersual (pipes), Vincent Blin (melodeon), John Maguire (vocals), Gérard Tauzin (guitar), J.-Ch. Lequerre (piano). For this tune: Hervé Cantal (flute).
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[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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[NR] Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington. The New Road. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Gerry Harrington (fiddle).
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[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: 1st time Dónal Clancy (guitar).
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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 #789 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #64 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 24 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #81 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As jig #25 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #26 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As jig #46 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #203 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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