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Tune ID#467 (Dark Is the Color of My True Love's Hair)

Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
AirG Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dark Is the Color of My True Love's Hair / Dark Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair / Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair / Black Is the Color (also as song, included here) [This tune is not (yet?) part of the Irish tradition, but belongs rather to North American music.]
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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).
197322#1
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
19965#1
[TF] Martin Dowling, Christine Dowling, Daithi Sproule. A Thousand Farewells. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Christine Dowling (flute, vocals), Daithi Sproule (guitar). For this tune: Martin (fiddle).
19975#1
[JKn 4] James Keane. With Friends Like These. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
20009#1
[SkHly 3] Skip Healy. Purgatory Chasm. Skip Healy (flute).
20017#1
200110#1
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Mike Wallace (vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Caisleán an Óir
TF
Seán Reid's
JKn 4

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): 1973