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Tune ID#4976 (Johnny's So Long at the Fair)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny's So Long at the Fair about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording DMeehan (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Single jig32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Johnny's So Long at the Fair / Oh Dear What Can the Matter? / Oh Dear! What Can The Matter Be? (also in G)
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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).
20003#1
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle).
~200610#2
[Tda 3] Téada. Inné Amárach. Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki, banjo), Damien Stenson (flute), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Port Aitheantais na gCaipíní
Tda 3
Played beforeOn Albums
A Trip to the Cottage
DMeehan

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 #620 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [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