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Tune ID#2699 (Is the Big Man Within?)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Is the Big Man Within? about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JK 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Set dance24ABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Is the Big Man Within? / 'Bhfuil an Fear Mór Istigh? / An Fear Mór / Fear Mór / Far Mor The [presumably intended as:] The Far Mor / Merry Tailor (also in G with reversed parts)
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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).
~199412#1
[SRn 2] Seán Ryan. Minstrel's Fancy. Cliaraí Ceoil. Seán Ryan (whistle).
~19967#3
[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle). For this tune: with Zan (guitar, mandolin).
~20053#1
[A LG] Altan. Local Ground. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, mandolin), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Humours of Whiskey
JK 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Sport of the Chase
SRn 2
Tilly Finn's
A LG

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 #965 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #279 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As setd #13 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1907