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Tune ID#466 (Dark-Haired Lass)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dark-Haired Lass about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RF (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dark-Haired Lass, The / The Dark Haired Lass / The Black-Haired Lass / The Blackhaired Lass / The Black Haired Lass / The Dark Haired Girl / Cailín na Gruaige Duibhe / An Cailín Donn / The Dark Gate Girl / The Smoky House (in track Don Niperi Septo on SE 4; 5th in set Away We Go Again on Ch 7; 3rd in Last Night's Fun Set on CTL 8) (also doubled, also in A Dorian or G Dorian or E Dorian) (The Kilcogy Reel included here from book JKg 3 is mostly similar)
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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).
~19682.1#3
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (flute).
197416#2
[RF] Miko, Pakie and Gussie Russell. The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare. Miko Russell (whistle, flute, vocals), Gussie Russell (whistle), Pakie Russell (concertina). For this tune: Miko (Eb whistle).
197726#1
[JD 4] John Doherty. Bundle and Go. John Doherty (fiddle).
~19771#5
[Ch 7] The Chieftains. 7. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, oboe), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán). For this tune: 1st time Sean Keane (fiddle).
~197711#2 (6:51)
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (D whistle).
~1978A.3#1
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle). For this tune: Joe Shannon (pipes).
~198011#3
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
19852#2
[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion).
~19896#1
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: Marcus (D melodeon).
~199310#3
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle).
~199514#1
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals). For this tune: 1st time Conor (accordion).
~19962#1
[A B] Altan. Blackwater. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, guitar-bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
199711#3
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
200013#3
[CTL 8] Cherish the Ladies. The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Donna Long (piano, keyboards, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, whistle), Deirdre Connolly (vocals, whistle, flute), Liz Knowles (fiddle).
200314#1
[Mona] Live at Mona's. Cillian Vallely (pipes), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Brian Holleran (flute).
~201212#2
[Rlta 1] Réalta. Open the Door for Three. Conor Lamb (pipes, whistle), Deirdre Galway (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), Aaron O'Hagan (pipes, whistle, bodhrán).

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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 #1326 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #585 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #114 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 119 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 66 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As reel #57 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #55 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As reel #73 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