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Tune ID#2775 (Frost Is All Over)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Frost Is All Over about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MulcFam3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Frost Is All Over, The / Tom Billy's The Frost Is All Gone / What Would I Do if the Kettle Boiled Over? / The Kettle Boiled Over / Cad a Dhéanfainn dá gCuirfeadh an Citeal thar Maoil? / The Potatoes Are Dug and the Frost Is All Over / The Praties Are Dug, and the Frost is all Over / What Would You Do if You Married a Soldier? / What Would You/I do if the Kettle Boiled Over / The American Dwarf / D'Imthig an Sioc / Taan Sioc Imtigte / The Dancing of the Rabbits in Honan's Garden / Hey to the Camp / Lisdoonvarna / Loughrea Jig / The Mist of Clonmel / On a Monday Morning (2nd and 3rd parts reversed on PS 8) (compare 1st and 3rd parts with Frost Is All Over #682; compare 3rd part with 2nd part of D'Imthig an Sioc #7269)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[PS 8] Patrick Street. Street Life. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals).
[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano). For this tune: Louise (C pipes), Michelle (fiddle).
[DBrder] Dan Brouder. "The Lark's Air". Dan Brouder (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: with Francis O'Connor (Eb flute), Aíne ni Chonnaill (fiddle).
[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).
[BOLCG] Bryan O'Leary, Colm Guilfoyle. Where the Bog Is. Bryan O'Leary (accordion), Colm Guilfoyle (flute). For this tune: with Mikie O'Gorman (fiddle), Ciarán O'Sullivan (banjo).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Boys of the Town
PS 8
Hughie Travers'
Kilkenny Jig
Played beforeOn Albums
Páití Leary's
D'Imthig an Sioc


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 #180 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 102 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1990