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Tune ID#587 (Larry Lavin's Choice)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Larry Lavin's Choice about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording A 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Larry Lavin's Choice / Lavin's Favourite / Lavin's Favorite / The Fair of Ballydarreen / The Fair at Ballydarreen / The Fair of Ballaghadereen / The Road to Cuil Aodha / The Cow on the Bonnet / Tommy Peoples' (1st in set Morning Star on Yanks 2) (compare 1st part with 1st part of fling Cameron's Wife #271)
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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).
~19876#1
[A 1] Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Altan. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute).
~19963#1
[LN 1] Laurence Nugent. Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Tin-Whistle. Laurence Nugent (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
~20006#3
[MulcFam1] The Mulcahy Family. The Mulcahy Family. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, concertina), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (accordion, concertina, harp).
~20042#2
[TCllns 1] Tim Collins. Dancing on Silver. Tim Collins (concertina).
~201013#2
[NcGvsky] NicGaviskey. Home away from Home. Sean Gavin (flute), Bernadette Nic Gabhann (fiddle), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina), Sean McComiskey (accordion).
20141.8#1
[Yanks 2] The Yanks. Haymaker. Dan Gurney (accordion), Dylan Foley (fiddle, whistle), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki), Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes, tenor saxophone, whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Boston Boys
MulcFam1
Mountain Lark
TCllns 1
Fair-Haired Boy
NcGvsky
Played beforeOn Albums
Loch Altan
A 1
Splendid Isolation
LN 1
Bill McEvoy's No.1
TCllns 1
Tommy Coen's
Yanks 2

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 #1551 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 161 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [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