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Tune ID#2665 (Tenpenny Bit)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tenpenny Bit about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording GD (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):
Tenpenny Bit, The / Tenpenny Bit / Ten Penny Bit / The Ten Penny Bit / Ten Penney Bit [sic] / The New Tenpenny / An Píosa Deich bPingine / An Píosa Deich bPíngne / An Píosa Deich bPingne / Cuin Deic-Pingine /Bonn Deic-Pingine / The Ducks and the Oats / Ducks and the Oats / Joe Conway's / Are You Shot? / The Bridal Jig / Made in Ireland / The Three Little Drummers / Nell Sullivan's (1st in set Tenpenny Bit on Drv 5) (settings in books 1850 and CRE 1 have a significantly different 1st part in A Dorian)
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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).
193414#2
19541.2#2
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Austin Kelly (fiddle).
~197511#1
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
19762.3#2
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Julia (fiddle).
~198113#2
[ApW] Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco. The Apple in Winter. Irish Music in New York. Brian Conway (fiddle), Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
~19907#1
[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Séamus Connolly (fiddle).
~199218#2
[MMM] Music at Matt Molloy's. Jimmy Murray (flute), Jimmy Murphy (fiddle), Peter Horan (fiddle).
199815#1
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
~19993#1
[Drv 5] Dervish. Midsummer's Night. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Tom Morrow (fiddle, viola, vocals), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle), Séamus O'Dowd (guitar, fiddle, harmonica, vocals), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Brian McDonagh (mandola, mandolin, vocals).
~19998#2
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Jim Murphy (fiddle), James Murray (flute), with Kevin Brehony (piano).
~19996#2
[HB 1] Harry Bradley. Bad Turns and Horse-Shoe Bends. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20003#1
[LLses 1] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Bernie Conneely (banjo), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Sharon Whelton (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
200112#2
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20084#3
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
20101#1
[MCrJD 1] Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly. The Living Stream. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Scotsman over the Border
GD, JV, MMM, MtRd, JCrv
Guiry's Favorite
HmrLshn
Boys of Lough Gowna
ApW
John Joe Gardiner's
HB 1
Sturgeon
Fngl 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Trip to Athlone
JWh 2, JWh 6
Mrs. O'Sullivan's Jig
Drv 5
Luckpenny
LLses 1
Hare in the Corn
MCrJD 1

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 #929 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #930 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #162 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #24 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 82 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
On page 43 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #26 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #32 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As jig #262 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As tune #200 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