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Tune ID#3036 (Gold Ring)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Gold Ring about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording DOEI (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig64AABBCCDDD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Gold Ring, The / Fáinne Óir Ort / Fáinne óir Ort / An Fáinne Óir / Gold Ring / The Gold Ring 2 / The Old Gold Ring (3rd in set The Pathway to the Well Set on PttW) (with 4th part as intro on ST KCF) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Green Fields of Kerry #3110)
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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).
~19571.10#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
19671.6#1
~197413#1
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
~19765#1
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
~19773#1
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~197710#1
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
~19819#1
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
~19889#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
19924#1
[DOEI] Dear Old Erin's Isle. Irish Traditional Music from America. Kevin Burke (fiddle), John Williams (accordion).
199214#1
[JRyan] Joe Ryan. An Buachaill Dreoite. Joe Ryan (fiddle).
~199615#1
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán). For this tune: with Andy Davey (fiddle).
19978#2
[SCAC] Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh (fiddle), Aidan Coffey (accordion).
~199810#1
[JMcE] John McEvoy. Returning. John McEvoy (fiddle).
~199813#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
~19998#1
[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion).
~200110#1
[JCt 3] John Carty. Yeh, That's All It Is. John Carty (fiddle, guitar).
~20033#2
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~20073#3
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
201114#2
[KRyan] Karen Ryan. The Coast Road. Karen Ryan (fiddle, banjo, whistle). For this tune: (fiddle), with Gary Connolly (accordion), Colman Connolly (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gold Ring
SCAC
Willie Coleman's
MMlvy
Pride of Rockchapel
PttW
Going to Mass Last Sunday
KRyan
Played beforeOn Albums
Brendan Tonra's
AM, SBw
Luckpenny
KCB 3
Frost Is All Over
ST KCF
Bush on the Hill
DODnl
House in the Glen
NH 1
Brendan McMahon's
DOEI
Paddy Taylor's
JRyan
Tobin's Favorite
JV
Galloping O'Hogan
CNea 1
Brian McGrath's
JCt 3
Battering Ram
KRyan

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 #47 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 232 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As jig #101 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #50 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As jig #83 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1957