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Tune ID#549 (Drunken Landlady)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Drunken Landlady about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording NHTL (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Drunken Landlady, The / Drunken Landlady / Bean an Tí ar Meisce (untitled E Minor Reel on Di; 2nd in set The Silver Spire on ADB) (also in A or B or C) (compare Pigeon on the Gate #1581)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19771#3
[BB 3] The Bothy Band. Out of the Wind into the Sun. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, synthesizer), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar).
197814#3
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
19781#2
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle).
~19794#2
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (Eb whistle), with Alec Finn (bouzouki).
~19823#2
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~198512#1
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
~1991B.4#2
[Di] Ditherum. Reeling between Bars. Catherine Drapier (vocals, guitar), Eileen Healy (vocals, guitar), Edel Sullivan (fiddle), Pádraig Kelleher (flute), Donal Lyons (percussion). For this tune: Pádraig (flute), Edel (fiddle).
~199313#2
[Shskn 6] Shaskeen. My Love Is in America. Tom Cussen (banjo), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), Charlie Harris (accordion), Kevin Rohan (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Kevin (fiddle).
19941.4#1
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
199510#2
~19969#2
[ADB] Mighty Session! Derek Hickey (accordion), Cian O'Sullivan (flute).
~199612#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute). For this tune: (banjo, fiddle).
~19968#1
[SWlsh 3] Seamus Walshe. Clare Accordion. Seamus Walshe (accordion).
~199712#1
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar). For this tune: 1st time John Regan (accordion).
~19977#1
[NMllgn 2] Neil Mulligan. The Leitrim Thrush. Neil Mulligan (C# pipes).
~199912#3
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (C# accordion), with Brendan Larrissey (fiddle).
~20024#2
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle). For this tune: P.J. (melodeon).
~20051#2
[MMhn] Martin Meehan. Three's Company. Martin Meehan (flute, bodhrán).
~20051#2
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano).
20074#1
[CMcEv 3] Catherine McEvoy. The Home Ruler. Traditional Irish Flute Music. Catherine McEvoy (flute).
20115#1
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Diehl Moran (fiddle).
~20131#1
[DPower 3] David Power. The Eighteen Moloney. David Power (B pipes).

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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 36 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As reel #5 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #70 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 27 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #72 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #149 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #162 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #77 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1977