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Tune ID#2944 (Sporting Pitchfork)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting Pitchfork about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Dbl (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):
Sporting Pitchfork, The / [misspelled as:] Sporting Pichfork (also in G Mixolydian; with 2nd part as intro on OAces)
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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).
~19789#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes). For this tune: Glackin (fiddle).
19975#2
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
20025#1
[AJK] Alan and John Kelly. Fourmilehouse. Alan Kelly (piano accordion), John Kelly (flute, whistle). For this tune: John Kelly (Eb flute).
20037#2
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
~20038#1
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
20045#2
[TP 9] Tommy Peoples. Recorded at Fiddler's Hearth. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
200613#1
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
20082#1
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~201416#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).
~201519#2
[RBPOL 3] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The Legacy. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: with Tierna Browne (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Ballykeal Jig
OAces
Rambling Pitchfork
CSmth
Humours of Ballyloughlin
TP 9
Gillan's Apples
RBysFam
Behind the Haystack
RBPOL 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Rambling Pitchfork
Dbl, KLO
Wellington's Advance
OAces
Diplodocus
AJK
Woods of Old Limerick
MOR 2
Cordal Jig
RedW

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 #56 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #18 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
On page 108 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 185 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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): 1974