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Tune ID#2589 (An Buachaill Caol Dubh)

Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
AirG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
An Buachaill Caol Dubh / The Dark Slender Boy / Dark Slender Boy / Mo Buachail Gael-Dubh (also in D or A or in Dorian or Mixolydian) (lyrics are credited to Seán Aerach Ó Seanacháin) (compare An Caisideach Bán #6901)
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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).
192911#1
[ITWWW] "If There Weren't Any Women in the World". Treasa Ni Ailpin (fiddle).
~195913#1
[LR 2] Leo Rowsome. The King of the Pipers. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
197113#1
197110#1
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
197317#1
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~197616#1
~19801.16#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (whistle).
~19815#1
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano). For this tune: Peg McGrath (flute).
~19842#1
[MCrtch] Matt Cranitch. Éistigh Seal. Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
~19854#2
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: Verona Ryan (fiddle).
~199614#1
[JOBM 1] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes).
20008#1
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina). For this tune: (G#/D# concertina).
~20025#1
[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Cillian (pipes).
200510#1
[Drcht 2] Draíocht. Land's End. Michael Rooney (harp), June McCormack (flute). For this tune: Michael (harp).
~20109#1
[MoMad] Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. A Moment of Madness. Brendan Begley (accordion), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle). For this tune: Brendan (accordion).
201412#1
[ANCPOC] Aoife Ní Chaoimh, Paudie O'Connor. Didn't She Dance and Dance. Sliabh Luachra Music on Fiddle and Accordion. Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle), Paudie O'Connor (accordion). For this tune: Paudie (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Drops of Brandy
GP
Deer's March
Drcht 2
On Book Hill: Quail Dove
MoMad

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 #24 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #25 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #96 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [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): 1927