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Tune ID#3987 (Bow-Legged Tailor)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bow-Legged Tailor about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WU (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):
Bow-Legged Tailor, The / The Bowlegged Tailor / Bow Legged Tailor / Sheriff Muldoon / Sheriff Muldoon's Jig / The Sheriff's Jig / The Tongs by the Fire (also in F)
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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).
~199312#2
[WU] Martin Mulhaire, Séamus Connolly, Jack Coen. Warming Up. Martin Mulhaire (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle), Jack Coen (flute).
19982#3
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).
19982#1
[JKn 6] James Keane and Friends. Live in Dublin. James Keane (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Molloy's Favourite
WU
Chapel Bell
JKn 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Josie's Visit
JKn 6

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 #878 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #131 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 37 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As jig #11 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 15 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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