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Tune ID#3750 (Cat in the Corner)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cat in the Corner about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BBg 1 (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):
Cat in the Corner, The / Humours of Kilkenny / Bill the Weaver's / Bill the Weavers (2nd in set Poirt Phádraig Uí Chaoimh on BBg 1; 2nd in set Night at the Fair on SBTE) (also in A) (compare, reversed parts, Cheer Up Old Hag #4526; compare 2nd part with 1st part of Paddy Canny's #6803)
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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).
~198714#2
[BBg 1] Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Seana Choirce. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (D/D# accordion), with Gerry Bevan (fiddle).
19952#2
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~199612#3
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).
199710#2
[Beg 1] Beginish. Beginish. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki).
~20051.7#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Desy Adams (flute).
~20104#2
[SBTE] Seamus Begley and Tim Edey. Disgrace Notes. Seamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Tim Edey (guitar, bass, vocals, piano, keyboard). For this tune: (D/D# accordion).
~20102#3
[Tda 4] Téada. Ceol and Cuimhne. Music and Memory. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán).
20158#1
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
A Night at the Fair
BBg 1, JOL 3, Beg 1, SBTE
I Lost My Love and I Care Not
MOB
Furze in Bloom
WFO 3
Sheep in the Boat
Tda 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy O'Rafferty's Jig
Beg 1
Johnny O'Leary's
SBTE
Pretty Brown-Haired Girl
CplySt

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 #348 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [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): 1987