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Tune ID#5714 (Paddy Whack)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Whack about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TKn (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):
Paddy Whack / When History's Muse / Harp that in Darkness / The Harp that in Darkness / Whoop! Do Me No Harm / Tommy Reck's
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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).
~19919#1
[Fisherst] Fisherstreet. Out in the Night. John McMahon (concertina, pipes), Seamus McMahon (fiddle, flute), Dermot Lernihan (accordion), Noreen O'Donoghue (harp, keyboards, piano), Frank Cullen (mandola, mandolin), Maurice Coyle (guitar).
~199114#3
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Connaughtman's Rambles
TKn
Played beforeOn Albums
Lark in the Morning
Fisherst

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 #759 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #43 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 21 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #39 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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