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Tune ID#54 (Alasdruim's March)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Alasdruim's March about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording GP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Alasdruim's March / Alasdruims March / Allistrum's March / Allastrom's / Máirseáil Alasdruim / Mairseail Alasdruim / Máirséail Alasdroim / Máirseal Alasdroim / Alastdar's March / Ollistrum Jig / Ollistrum / MacAllistrum's March / Paddy Whacks / Cnocán an Teampaill (1st in set Mairseail Alasdruim on GP; 1st in set Caledonia on Ch 6; appears as 1st melody in piece Gol Na mBan San Ár / The Crying of the Women Among the Slaughtered on PORda 1; 2nd in set Paddywhacks on PRynne 1) (also in D; wide range of settings, including reversed parts, and with one or two more parts) (compare especially the 1st part with the 1st part of Sarsfield's Quickstep #6903)
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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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~19765#1 (0:34)
[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).
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[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. Pat Mitchell.
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[TWR] Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane, Robbie O'Connell with Liz Carroll. There Were Roses. Mick Moloney (vocals, banjo, mandolin, guitar), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (vocals, guitar).
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[SK 2] Seán Keane. Jig It in Style. Seán Keane (fiddle). For this tune: with Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
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[Ch CH] The Chieftains. The Celtic Harp. A Tribute to Edward Bunting with the Belfast Harp Orchestra. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, harpsichord).
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~19949#1 (0:56)
[PORda 1] Peadar Ó Riada. Amidst These Hills. Peadar Ó Riada (whistle, accordion, bones). For this tune: (Eb whistle).
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[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Emer Mayock (flute).
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[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina), (pipes).
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[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina, pipes).
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[Dnu 4] Danú. The Road Less Travelled. Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, flute, whistle), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki), Donal Clancy (guitar).
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[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
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[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
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[RBPOL 3] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The Legacy. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute).
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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 #1802 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #326 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 124 of [IMM] Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. [available]
As tune #332 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #333 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #26 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
On page 229 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
As ?.35 in [CRE 3+] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann.

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