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Tune ID#4273 (Rakes of Kildare)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakes of Kildare about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LYK 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):
Rakes of Kildare, The / Áilteoirí na Cille / The Galbally Farmer / Galbally Farmer / The Spalpeen's Lament of the Cranbally Farmer / Thank God We're Surrounded by Water / The Haymakers Jig (2nd in set Raiteachas Mo Tairngreacht on ADB) (also in D or E or G Mixolydian) (compare A Dorian setting of Rakes of Kildare #1638)
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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).
~194817#2
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
~19968#2
[ADB] Mighty Session! Seamus Begley (accordion).
~200016#2
[MMR 3] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Road from Ballinakill. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, lilting), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle, concertina). For this tune: Mike (C# pipes).
20016#3
[LYK 1] Liz and Yvonne Kane. The Well Tempered Bow. Liz Kane (fiddle), Yvonne Kane (fiddle), John Blake (guitar, piano).
~200613#1
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Andi (fiddle).
201013#1
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: with Jonas Fromseier (banjo).
~201414#2
[MMcNmr 3] Mary MacNamara. Note for Note. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Cook in the Kitchen
LR 1
Raiteachas Mo Tairngreacht
ADB
Barrell Ó Rabartaig Air
MMR 3
Trá na mBan
LYK 1
Old Tipperary
MMcNmr 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Maebh's Polka
ADB
An Seanduine Dóite
CrnrHs 2
Haley's
MCnDMn

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 #847 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #108 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 134 of [IMM] Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. [available]
As tune #87 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #141 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As misc #44 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #235 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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