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Tune ID#342 (I Will If I Can)

Transcription of first 2 bars of I Will If I Can about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording POK (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):
I Will If I Can / Deanfad Ma Tig Liom / Up and Away / Up and Awa / (Kenmuir's) Up and Awa / Kenmore Lads / The Boys from the West / Boys from the West / Land of the West / Judes Farewell / Jude's Farewell / Clogher Cross / Pins and Needles / Hexham Races / Port Jack Durcan (4th in set The Kilfenora Set on JCt 5; 2nd in set Crags of the Burren on TCB 4) (compare When the Cock Crows It Is Day #882)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
194811#2
[POK] Pádraig O'Keeffe. The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~19588#2
[KCB 1] The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band. P.J. Lynch (fiddle), Gus Tierney (fiddle), Jim McCormack (flute), Gerry Lynch (accordion), P. Mullins, T. Eustace, P. Madigan, Kitty Linnane (piano), G. O'Loughlin (drums).
~19954#2
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: (pipes), (concertina).
~19961#2
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19992#2
[Trc] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin and Patrick Ourceau. Tracin'. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle), (B/F# concertina).
~20052#4
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (banjo).
200614#2
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
~20065#1
[JOSe] Jimmí Ó Sé. Malairt Poirt ó Fionntrá. Jimmí Ó Sé (accordion, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Angry Peeler
KCB 1, Trc, TCB 4
Larry Grogan
POK
Black Rogue
WatReeds
Statia Donnelly's
MOB
Jimmy Ward's
JCt 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Maid in the Meadow
KCB 1, Trc, TCB 4
Patsy Geary's
MOB

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 #992 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #207 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #114 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
On page 24 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
On page 50 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As jig #195 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As jig #56 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