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Tune ID#3092 (Roving Bachelor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Roving Bachelor about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CA (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Fling16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Roving Bachelor, The / Bachelor's Button / The Morning of the Day / Johnny McGreevy's (2nd in set Ríleanna on CA; 2nd in set 44 Mill Street on SHtn 1) (also as reel or barndance) (compare distantly and reversed parts to A Letter from Home #3793; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of #5325)
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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).
~19831#2
[CA] Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy. Ceol Aduaidh. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute).
~199110#3
[Tri 1] Trian. Trian. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Daithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
200114#2
[JCrv] John Creaven. The Story So Far. John Creaven (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
20101#2
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Milkmaid
CA
Tom Doherty's
Tri 1
Sailor on the Rock
JCrv
Road to Lisdoonvarna
SHtn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
44 Mill Street
SHtn 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 #1450 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 141 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 92 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As reel #296 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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