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Tune ID#3430 (Fair-Haired Boy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fair-Haired Boy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fair-Haired Boy, The / The Fair Haired Boy / The Fairhaired Boy / An Buachaillín Fionn / Micho Russell's Reel / Micho Russell's / The Flower of the Flock (1st in set Micho Russells Set on 4MD 2; 2nd in set Memories of Micho on MHyDLd 1; 3rd in set Oil for the Chain on MSHtn 1) (also doubled)
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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).
197416#1
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Miko (Eb whistle).
~19921#3
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
199313#1
[MoD] Tony Mac Mahon, Noel Hill, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Music of Dreams. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion), Noel Hill (concertina), Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals).
~199310#1
[4MD 2] Four Men and a Dog. Shifting Gravel. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Gino Lupari (percussion, vocals), Kevin Doherty (guitar, vocals), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Conor Keane (accordion), Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle).
~19969#1
[LoStBand] The Lonely Stranded Band. The Lonely Stranded Band. Traditional Irish Music and Song from Charlie Piggott, Miriam Collins and Joe Corcoran. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Miriam Collins (concertina), Joe Corcoran (vocals, bouzouki, guitar).
20033#2
[MHyDLd 1] Michael Hynes and Denis Liddy. Waifs and Strays. Michael Hynes (flute), Denis Liddy (fiddle).
~20037#3
[MSHtn 1] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Dearga. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, vocals, bodhrán, dobro, electric guitar).
~200410#2
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
200612#2
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20061.15#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Seamus Mac Conaonaigh (flute).
~201013#1
[NcGvsky] NicGaviskey. Home away from Home. Sean Gavin (flute), Bernadette Nic Gabhann (fiddle), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina), Sean McComiskey (accordion).
~201116#1
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Pinch of Snuff
FireAfl
Sporting Days of Easter
MHyDLd 1
Ship in Full Sail
MSHtn 1
I Wish I Never Saw You
TTItself
Lord McDonald's
MOR 2
Maud Miller
WFO 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Dark-Haired Lass
RF
High Reel
MoD
Beauty Spot
4MD 2
Fox on the Prowl
LoStBand
Micho Russell's Reel
MHyDLd 1
Hold the Reins
TTItself
Miss Ramsey
MOR 2
Plough and the Stars
WFO 3
Larry Lavin's Choice
NcGvsky
Kitty Gone a Milking
BODFam

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 #255 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As reel #524 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1966