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Tune ID#2915 (Mother's Delight)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Mother's Delight about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JD 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Mother's Delight / Molloy's Favourite / Malloy's Favourite / Rogha Uí Mhaolmhuaidh / Dowds Favourite / The Colonel's Delight / The Cameronian Reel (as Untitled on JD 4; 1st in set Mother's Delight on A BI) (with an additional part as first part, and then reversed parts, on MC 2 and on RBysFam, or with the additional part as the 3rd part, on FidDel) (compare Mother's Delight #2896 and more remotely Col. McBain #361)
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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).
193511#1
~194416#2
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
19777#1
[JD 4] John Doherty. Bundle and Go. John Doherty (fiddle).
19955#3
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle). For this tune: Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
20018#1
[A BI] Altan. Blue Idol. Not identified in liner notes. [Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar), Dáithi Sproule (guitar)].
~20018#3
[JCt 3] John Carty. Yeh, That's All It Is. John Carty (fiddle, guitar).
~201423#2
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Blackbird
MC 2
Paddy Ryan's Dream
WaMoDub
Monaghan Jig
JCt 3
Paddy Kelly's
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Mother's Delight
A BI

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 #148 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 67 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [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): 1935