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Tune ID#4526 (Cheer Up Old Hag)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cheer Up Old Hag about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TnRadio (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):
Cheer Up Old Hag / Cheer Up, Old Hag / The Silken Wallet / The Wallet of Silk / An Síoda Slide / Padraig O'Keeffes [Padraig O'Keeffe's] / Padraig O'Keeffe's (1) (1st in set Sheehan's Jigs on MOK; 2nd in set Stolen Purse on Lu 5) (also as a slide; compare jig Have a Drink with Me #811 and compare, reversed parts, Cat in the Corner #3750; compare 1st 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).
194914#1
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle).
19935#1
[MOK] Máire O'Keeffe. Cóisir. House Party. Máire O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~19995#1
[JqMcC] Jacqueline McCarthy. The Hidden Note. Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: with Tommy Keane (pipes).
20031#2
[Lu 5] Lúnasa. The Kinnitty Sessions. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle).
20119#1
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Stolen Purse
Lu 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Padraig O'Keeffes [Pádraig O'Keeffe's]
TnRadio, MOK, IFMCK
Walsh's Favourite
JqMcC
Brendan McMahon's
Lu 5

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 #891 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #140 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 39 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As slide #43 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
On page 114 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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