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Tune ID#4122 (Phyllis's Birthday)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Phyllis's Birthday about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JsMrsh 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBF Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Phyllis's Birthday / Phyllis' Birthday / Phillis's Birthday [sic] (2nd in set The New Century on PRynne 1; 3rd in set The Haymaker on Yanks 2) (compare Touch Me If You Dare #1961) (more often in G, but composed in F Major according to an e-mail to me from Josephine Marsh on 25 August 2010) (composed by Josephine Marsh)
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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).
~199511#2
[JsMrsh 2] Josephine Marsh. Josephine Marsh. Josephine Marsh (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (accordion), with John Weir (fiddle).
~200210#2
[AFL] Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry. At First Light. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, bodhrán), John McSherry (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Michael (flute).
~20045#2
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
~20091#1
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle).
~20115#1
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Liam O'Brien (concertina).
20141.11#3
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).
201411#1
[Unfldg] Unfolding. Young Music from East Clare. Karen McMahon (concertina).
20149#1
[LLses 5] The London Lasses and Chris O'Malley. The One I Loved the Best. Karen Ryan (fiddle, mandola, banjo, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Elma McElligott (flute, whistle, saxophone, backing vocal), Brogan McAuliffe (concertina), Brona McVittie (vocal, harp), Chris O'Malley (piano, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lad O'Beirne's
JsMrsh 2
Braes of Busby
AFL
New Century
PRynne 1
Haymaker
Yanks 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Graf Spee
AFL
Patsy Hanley's
LmKlly
Ryan's Rant
BODFam
Maudabawn Chapel
Unfldg
Ash Plant
LLses 5

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): 1995