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Tune ID#3532 (Shepherd's Lamb)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Shepherd's Lamb about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CTL 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Shepherd's Lamb, The / [misspelled as:] The Shephard's Lamb / I Wish I Had a Shepherd's Lamb / Peata Beag do Mháthair / Is Trua gan Peata an Mhaoir Agam / The Yellow Cow (also in A or D, also doubled) (compare as song Peata Beag #2345)
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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).
19937#2
[CTL 4] Cherish the Ladies. Out and About. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, bouzouki), Maureen Doherty Macken (accordion, whistle), Winifred Horan (fiddle), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Cathie Ryan (vocals).
199710#3
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
~20033#3
[NCrg 3] North Cregg. Summer at My Feet. Ciarán Coughlan (piano, harmonium), Fiona Kelleher (vocals), Christy Leahy (accordion), Martin Leahy (drums, percussion), Paul Meehan (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Caoimhín Vallely (fiddle, piano).
20163#3
[ACwMoss] Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown. All Covered with Moss. Alison Perkins (fiddle, vocals), Nicolas Brown (B pipes, B flute). For this tune: (B flute), (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
O'Keefe's Polka
CTL 4
Riding on a Load of Hay
OAces
Green Cottage
NCrg 3
You Broke My Cup and Saucer
ACwMoss
Played beforeOn Albums
Weaver's Delight
CTL 4

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1993