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Tune ID#255 (Buttermilk Mary)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Buttermilk Mary about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FBros (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):
Buttermilk Mary / Hughie's Buttermilk Mary / Coleman's / Port Coleman (also in A) (credited, probably mistakenly, to Michael Coleman on WyndTrn)
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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).
19265#1
[FBros] The Flanagan Brothers. The Tunes We Like to Play on Paddy's Day. Joe Flanagan (accordion), Louis Flanagan (guitar, banjo), Mike Flanagan (banjo, vocals, mandolin).
19948#2
[MvC 1] Moving Cloud. Moving Cloud. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute and percussion), Carl Hession (piano).
~19959#1
[JDa 2] Jackie Daly. Domhnach Is Dálach. Many's a Wild Night. Jackie Daly (accordion).
~199713#1
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
~199912#1
[BRny 1] Brian Rooney. The Godfather. Brian Rooney (fiddle).
~20034#1
[MatH] Brendan Bulger, Marty Fahey, Kathleen Gavin. Music at the House. Brendan Bulger (fiddle), Marty Fahey (accordion, piano), Kathleen Gavin (piano).
~20038#3
[NCrg 3] North Cregg. Summer at My Feet. Ciarán Coughlan (piano, harmonium), Fiona Kelleher (vocals), Christy Leahy (accordion), Martin Leahy (drums, percussion), Paul Meehan (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Caoimhín Vallely (fiddle, piano).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tongs by the Fire
MvC 1
Larry's Delight
NCrg 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Maid in the Meadow
FBros
Joy of My Life
MvC 1
Fanning's
JDa 2
A Trip to the Cottage
WyndTrn
Bush on the Hill
BRny 1
Failing Memories
MatH

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 #1002 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #217 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 52 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