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Tune ID#3848 (A Night at the Fair)

Transcription of first 2 bars of A Night at the Fair 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):
A Night at the Fair (1st in set Poirt Phádraig Uí Chaoimh on BBg 1; 1st in set Night at the Fair on SBTE) (compare 1st part with 1st part of The Angry Peeler #548)
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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#1
[BBg 1] Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Seana Choirce. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (D/D# accordion), with Gerry Bevan (fiddle).
19952#1
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
199710#1
[Beg 1] Beginish. Beginish. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki).
200014#1
[INS] Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh, Con Ó Drisceoil. It's No Secret. Hammy Hamilton (flute, vocals), Séamus Creagh (fiddle, vocals), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, vocals, piano). For this tune: Séamus (fiddle), Hammy (flute).
~20101#2
[2TapTrio] The Two Tap Trio. A Night at the Fair. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Norah Rendell (flute, vocals), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals).
~20104#1
[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).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Paddy Canny's
2TapTrio
Played beforeOn Albums
Cat in the Corner
BBg 1, JOL 3, Beg 1, SBTE
Haunted House
INS

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 #788 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #63 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 23 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #28 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): 1903