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Tune ID#545 (Drowsy Maggie)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Drowsy Maggie about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Drowsy Maggie / Drowsie Maggie / Drowsey Maggie (1st in set Drowsey Maggie on Ch 4) (also in A, also doubled, also with a 3rd part credited on LC 1 to Joe Cooley, which is highly unlikely given the 1938 source documented here) (compare Donegal setting #6030; compare 1st part with 1st part of Sleeping Maggie #7112; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of John-Joe Gannon's #4512)
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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).
19191#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
191914#1
193821#3
~196918#2
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle), Tommy Flynn (fiddle).
~19731#1 (0:02)
[Ch 4] The Chieftains. 4. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
~19773#2
~197811#2
[LC 1] Liz Carroll. A Friend Indeed. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~19789#1
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (G melodeon).
~19815#1
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (B flute).
~19812.18#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Matt Molloy (flute).
198714#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Mitzie Collins (hammered dulcimer).
~199317#2
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Maureen Doherty Macken (flute).
~199928#2
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Seamus Quinn (fiddle), James McDonagh (flute).
~200014#1
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon). For this tune: with Séamus Mac Conaonaigh (flute).
200710#1 (0:21)
[Aths 1] Áthas. Áthas. Heather Lewin-Tiarks (fiddle, viola, cello), Amy Richter (bodhrán, djembe, whistle), Jeff Ksiazek (guitar, whistle, flute). For this tune: Heather (fiddle).
~201410#2
[RBysFam] Randal Bays and Family. A Rake of Tunes. Randal Bays (fiddle), Susan Waters (fiddle), Willie Bays (flute), Owen Bays (concertina). For this tune: Randal (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Colonel Fraser
FidDel
Boyne Hunt
McDoB
John Bowe's
LC 1
Cup of Tea
TDrty
Fred Finn's
MtRd
Trip to Durrow
BICM
Cat that Ate the Candle
RBysFam
Played beforeOn Albums
Scotch Mary
PT, WW 2
Fairy Dance
Ch 4
Heather Breeze
PJHrn 1
Toss the Feathers
MDOF
Mountain Road
Aths 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.
As tune #1425 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #662 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 31 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
On page 136 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 103 of [TOC] Tomás Ó Canainn. Traditional Music in Ireland. [available]
As tune #42 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On page 91 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #48 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 86 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #7 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 26 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #70 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #75 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #3 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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