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Tune ID#2796 (Larry the Beer Drinker)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Larry the Beer Drinker about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IDM 2 (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):
Larry the Beer Drinker / Learai an tÓltóir Beorach / The Beer Drinker / Paddy "Go Easy" / Paddy Go Easy / MacDonagh's Jig (2nd in set Jigs on LinL)
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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).
193115#3 (1:00)
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Siamsa Gaedheal Ceilidhe Band.
~19812.3#2
[LinL] Charlie Lennon and Mick O'Connor. Lucky in Love. Charlie Lennon (fiddle), Mick O'Connor (flute). For this tune: Charlie (fiddle), with Ben (fiddle).
~19986#3
[McNamFam] McNamara Family. Leitrim's Hidden Treasure. Michael McNamara (flute), Brian McNamara (pipes), Ray McNamara (pipes, whistle), Ciarán McNamara (flute), Enda McNamara (fiddle), Deirdre McNamara (concertina), Frank Kelly (piano), Mick Giblin (guitar), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer).
19997#2
[AMacN 1] Andrew Mac Namara. Dawn. Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tatter Jack Walsh
IDM 2
Girls of Banbridge
LinL
Mouse in the Cupboard
McNamFam
Contentment Is Wealth
AMacN 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 #1108 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #298 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 75 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [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