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Tune ID#317 (Maloney's Wife)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Maloney's 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 KKgn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Maloney's Wife / Moloney's Wife / Malowney's Wife / Biddy Maloney / Biddy Maloney's / Chorus Jig / The Chorus Jig / The Green Blanket (mislabeled as Queen of the Rushes on original 78 copied on ITWWW) (also with more parts; compare Chorus Reel #319 and Glen Road to Carrick #732 and quite distantly Queen of the Fair #1623)
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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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[ITWWW] "If There Weren't Any Women in the World". Ballinakill (County Galway) Traditional Band: Jerry Moloney (fiddle), Tommy Whyte (fiddle), Tommy Whelan (flute), Stephen Moloney (flute), Anna Rafferty (piano).
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[KKgn] Kevin Keegan. The Music of Kevin Keegan. Kevin Keegan (accordion). For this tune: with (banjo).
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[RBPOL 1] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: Peter (flute).
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[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
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[Tda 2] Téada. Give Us a Penny and Let Us Be Gone. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals), John Blake (flute, guitar), Paul Finn (accordion, concertina), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: 1st time John Blake (flute).
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[CarbQ 1] Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry (banjo), Martin Quinn (accordion, melodeon).
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[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle).
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[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).
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[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: with Laura (flute).
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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 #1010 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #709 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #11 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #224 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 71 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #240 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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