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Tune ID#36 (Lilting Fisherman)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting Fisherman about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (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):
Lilting Fisherman, The / Iascaire na Portaireachta / A Bit of Ginger / Boys of the Town / Joe Derrane's / Joe Derrane's Jig / Port Sheosaimh Uí Dhearáin (3rd in set Last Night's Fun on Scglen 3)
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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).
~195319#2
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
~19769#1
[AMPR] Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paddy Reynolds (fiddle).
~19921#3
[Scglen 3] Scartaglen. Last Night's Fun. Irish Music in America. Kirk Lynch (pipes, whistle, etc.), Connie Dover (vocals, keyboards), Roger Landes (bouzouki etc.), Michael Dugger (fiddle etc.). For this tune: Kirk (pipes).
199817#3
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
20002.5#2
200010#3
[CTL 8] Cherish the Ladies. The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Donna Long (piano, keyboards, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, whistle), Deirdre Connolly (vocals, whistle, flute), Liz Knowles (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Hardiman's Fancy
JDJO
Priest's Boots
Scglen 3
Father Tom's Wager
JWh 6
Paddy in LondonLaL
Carraroe Jig
CTL 8
Played beforeOn Albums
Jackson's Jig
AMPR
Boys of the Town
LaL

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 #25 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #36 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As jig #268 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As jig #157 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As jig #97 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): 1953