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Tune ID#2603 (Dusty Miller)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dusty Miller about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 6 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slip jig16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dusty Miller, The / Dusty Miller / The Really Dusty Millar / An Muilleaoir Salach Smúrach (1st in set The Dusty Miller on Ch W; 2nd in set Scully's on Lu 3) (actually D pentatonic, and actually single-jig rhythm in 3/4 meter) (compare The Berwick Jockey included here from book R and compare #563)
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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).
197825#2
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
~199110#1
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19977#3
[MMrch 1] Marcas Ó Murchú. Ó Bhéal go Béal. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (Eb flute).
20005#1
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute).
~20019#2
[Lu 3] Lúnasa. The Merry Sisters of Fate. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
~20132#2
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dusty Miller
SE 6
Ride a Mile
MMrch 1
Palm Sunday
Lu 3
Rocky Road to Dublin
JAbrt 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Silver Slipper
TKn
Ketch Called "Sullivan John"
Ch W

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 #261 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [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