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Tune ID#4770 (Pretty Brown-Haired Girl)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pretty Brown-Haired Girl about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording DByrn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Pretty Brown-Haired Girl, The / The Pretty Brown Girl / An Cailín Deas Donn / Óró Bog Liom Í (also in C, also doubled) (compare melody of song An Trucailín Donn #6887)
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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.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19898#1
[DBDL] Ben Lennon, Séamus Quinn, Gabriel McArdle, Ciarán Curran. Dog Big and Dog Little. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Séamus Quinn (fiddle, accordion, piano), Gabriel McArdle (concertina, song), Ciarán Curran (cittern).
~19968#3
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (D melodeon).
~201211#2
[Rlta 1] Réalta. Open the Door for Three. Conor Lamb (pipes, whistle), Deirdre Galway (vocals, guitar, bouzouki), Aaron O'Hagan (pipes, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (C whistle), (C chanter).
20158#2
[CplySt] Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta. Copley Street. Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Joey Abarta (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Chapel Bell
DByrn
An Trucailín Donn
Rlta 1
Cat in the Corner
CplySt
Played beforeOn Albums
Tay in the Bog
DBDL
Cnocán an Teampaill
CplySt

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): 1989