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Tune ID#316 (Choice Wife)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Choice Wife about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slip jig40ABCDB'D Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Choice Wife, The / An Phís Fluich / An Phis Fhliuch / An Pis Fhliuch / The Wet Quim / O'Farrell's Welcome to Limerick / O'Farrell's Welcome / The Boy in the Bush / Boy in the Bush (3rd in set The Wet Ones on ECoy 1)
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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).
19694#1
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
197318#1
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
19733#2
[Plx 2] Planxty. The Well below the Valley. Unidentified on this reissue, but: Liam O'Flynn, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Christy Moore. For this tune: Liam (pipes).
~19762#2
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~197714#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Maureen Fitzpatrick (fiddle).
~19882#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
~19902#1
[SK 2] Seán Keane. Jig It in Style. Seán Keane (fiddle).
19954#1
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~199514#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
19985#3
[Lgcy] Legacy. Navan. Don Penzien (guitar, vocals, whistle), Valerie Plested (fiddle), Beth Patterson (bouzouki, vocals), Justin Murphy (flute, whistle).
~200214#3
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin). For this tune: (banjo, tenor guitar).
~20021.10#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Noel Rice (flute).
~20052#1
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~201112#1
[StryGoes] Seán Tyrrell, Kevin Glackin, Ronan Browne. And So the Story Goes . . .. Seán Tyrrell (banjo, mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, tenor guitar, vocals), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán).
~20156#2
[JPmpls] Jayne Pomplas. Jayne Pomplas. Traditional Irish Music on Fiddle. Jayne Pomplas (fiddle). For this tune: with Cillian Vallely (pipes).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kid on the Mountain
Plx 2, TP 2
Old Tipperary
Whr
Castle Kelly
Lgcy
Give Us a Drink of Water
ECoy 1
Little Fair Cannavans
JPmpls
Played beforeOn Albums
Kitty Come Down to Limerick
SK 2
Hardiman the Fiddler
WaMoDub
Whinny Hills of Leitrim
Lgcy
Peg Ryan's
ECoy 1
Little Fair Cannavans
MMhn
Miss Ramsey
JPmpls

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 #39 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #53 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #11 in volume 3 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 217 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As slipjig #4 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): 1967