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Tune ID#3436 (I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her)

Transcription of first 2 bars of I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WC 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her / I Buried Me Wife and Danced on Top of Her / I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave / I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her Grave / I Buried My Wife / The Frieze Breeches / The Frieze Britches / La San Sean, ba chraite an mhaidin i / Cunla / The Trumlo (1st in set I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her on Drv 2) (compare 5-part setting as Frieze Breeches #677 and compare as song / slide / single jig Cúnla #435)
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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).
19736#1
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19816#2
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~198612#1
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals).
~19914#1
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: with Robbie Hannan (B pipes).
199210#1
[MH 1] Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~19956#1
[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
~19967#1
[ECotter] Eamonn Cotter. Traditional Irish Music from County Clare. Eamonn Cotter (flute).
~19964#1
[JOBM 1] Jimmy O'Brien-Moran. Seán Reid's Favourite. Jimmy O'Brien-Moran (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes).
19972.7#1
[Drv 4] Dervish. Live in Palma. Cathy Jordan (vocals), Liam Kelly (flute), Shane McAleer (fiddle), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Brian McDonagh (mandola, guitar), Micheal Holmes (bouzouki).
~20027#3
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
~200221#1
[RBPOL 2] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
200311#1
[Mona] Live at Mona's. Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Mick Moloney (banjo).
~20031.3#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Tara Diamond (C flute).
~20104#1
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20106#1
[DShrdn 1] Dave Sheridan. Drivin' Leitrim Timber. Dave Sheridan (flute, guitar). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Silver Slipper
MM 2
Black Rogue
BRny 2
Sheep in the Boat
WFO 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Tiocfaidh Tú Abhaile Liom
HMSP, RBPOL 2, Mona
Andy De Jarlis
Drv 2, Drv 4
Fraher's
PG 2
Petticoat Loose
MH 1
Paddy Fahy's Jig
ECotter
High Part of the Road
JOBM 1
Petticoat Loose
CYHCIt
O'Dea's
DShrdn 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 #100 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #11 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 11 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.
As tune #213 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): 1927