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Tune ID#486 (If I Had a Wife)

Transcription of first 2 bars of If I Had a 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 JOL 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars4-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slide32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
If I Had a Wife / Dá mbeadh Bean Agam / Mad Dancing / Art O'Keefe's / The Humours of Mountcollins / Denis Murphy's / Nellie Mahoney's Slide / Slide Neilí Ní Mhathúna / Denis O'Keeffe's / A Single (3rd and 5th in set Round the House and Mind the Dresser on Ch 6; 1st in set Spry Slides on Sld 3) (also in D) (the transcription included here from book CRE 2 #72 is less similar in the 2nd part) (compare 1st part with 1st part of #3877)
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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).
~19768#3
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle).
~19772.3#1
[KoKerry] Jimmy Doyle & Dan O'Leary. Traditional Music from the Kingdom of Kerry. Jimmy Doyle (accordion), Dan O'Leary (fiddle).
199514#2
[JOL 3] Johnny O'Leary. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
~20042#1
[PdOCo] Paudie O Connor. Different State. Paudie O Connor (accordion).
~20061#1
[Sld 3] Slide. Overneath. Éamonn de Barra (flute, whistle, bodhrán, piano, vocals), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, strings, vocals), Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki, cittern, mandolin, vocals). For this tune: Éamonn De Barra (E whistle).
~201112#2
[NFBolg] Jack Talty, Cormac Begley. Na Fir Bolg. Jack Talty (concertina), Cormac Begley (concertina).
201411#3
[ANCPOC] Aoife Ní Chaoimh, Paudie O'Connor. Didn't She Dance and Dance. Sliabh Luachra Music on Fiddle and Accordion. Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle), Paudie O'Connor (accordion).
~201413#1
[LoMulc 1] Louise Mulcahy. Tuning the Road. Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Rathawaun
Ch 6
Barrack Hill
JOL 3
Across the Road
NFBolg
Maurice Manley's
ANCPOC
Played beforeOn Albums
Whistling Thief
KoKerry
Can Anyone Tell Me Where Nancy's Gone?
PdOCo
One that Was Lost
Sld 3
Slide Dubh
LoMulc 1

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.
On page 63 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #70 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #72 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #128 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 23 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [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): 1949