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Tune ID#3497 (A Fig for a Kiss)

Transcription of first 2 bars of A Fig for a Kiss about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 6 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?BarsMode ?
Slip jig16E Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
A Fig for a Kiss / Féirín ar do Phóigín / Gliogar an Mheadair / Glugar an Mheadair / The Gurgling of the Churn / The Splashing of the Churn / Milk the Churn / The Old Dutch Churn / Gáire na mBan / Ólaimis Sláinte na mBan / The Humours of Bottle Hill / Two in a Gig (compare Dublin Streets / Rinnce is Ceól included here from several books)
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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).
19405#4
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
198611#2
[MCnnlly] Martin Connolly and Maureen Glynn. The Fort of Kincora. Martin Connolly (accordion), Maureen Glynn (piano, fiddle).
199816#2
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
19995#2
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki).
20016#3
[GrHs] Grey Larsen and Paddy League. The Green House. Grey Larsen (flute, whistle, concertina, harmonium, field organ, piano), Paddy League (bodhrán, guitar). For this tune: (whistle).
20032#2
[LLses 2] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Track Across the Deep. Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Maureen Linane (accordion), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals).
~20032.15#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Noel Lenaghan (flute).
~201110#1
[JCtBRn] John Carty and Brian Rooney. At Complete Ease. John Carty (fiddle, tenor guitar), Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: Brian (fiddle).
~20121#1
[A PG] Altan. Gleann Nimhe - The Poison Glen. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, mandolin), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion). For this tune: with Harry Bradley (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tenpenny Piece
SE 6
Give Us a Drink of Water
MCnnlly
O'Carolan's Welcome
Chlr 1
A Roll of the Dice
MCnnly
Whinny Hills of Leitrim
GrHs
Hardiman the Fiddler
LLses 2
Played beforeOn Albums
My Mind Will Never Be "Aisy"
Chlr 1
Whinny Hills of Leitrim
LLses 2
Slopes of Slieve Gullion
WFO 2
Dooney Rock
JCtBRn
Turf Cutter
A PG

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 #1164 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1174 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #438 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #443 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #258 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #101 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 86 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 88 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As 19 (Woods) in [L] Alan's private loose music.
On page 219 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As slipjig #11 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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