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Tune ID#4613 (My Former Wife)

Transcription of first 2 bars of My Former Wife about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PT (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
My Former Wife / Bantry Bay Jig / Jackson's Couge in the Morning (1st in set Headwood Crossing on TOCAM) (also with a 3rd part; setting in book JKg 3 differs significantly in 2nd part)
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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).
~191934#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes). For this tune: (pipes).
~20053#1
[TOCAM] Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow. Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow with Arty McGlynn. Tony O'Connell (concertina), Andy Morrow (fiddle).
~20075#2
[OMcA] Oisín McAuley. Far from the Hills of Donegal. Oisín McAuley (fiddle, guitar).
~201013#2
[CGJS 1] Colm Gannon, Jesse Smith and John Blake. The Ewe with the Crooked Horn. Colm Gannon (accordion, melodeon), Jesse Smith (fiddle), John Blake (flute, guitar, piano).
~20134#2
[JAbrt 1] Joey Abarta. Swimming against the Falls. Snámh in aghaidh easa. Joey Abarta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Paddy Fahey's [Paddy Fahy's]
OMcA
Strike the Gay Harp
CGJS 1
Miners of Wicklow
JAbrt 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy in London
TOCAM
Páidín Ó Raifeartaigh [Paddy O'Rafferty's]
OMcA

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 #849 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #110 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 33 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As jig #3 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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