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Tune ID#590 (Molly Bán)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Molly Bán about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 2 (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):
Molly Bán / Molly Bawn / Molly Ban / White-Haired Molly / Fair Haired Mary / Fair-Haired Mary / Fairhaired Mary / The Fairhaired Mary / Fair Haired Molly / Fairhaired Molly (4th in set Michael Gorman's on BB 2, mislabeled as The Laurel Tree on some reissues; 3rd in set I Have No Money on Yanks 2) (also in G, also doubled) (compare #3288)
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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).
~19737#2
[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
19766#4
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
~198110#1
[KOS] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Traditional Music of Ireland. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (vocals, guitar).
~19937#1
[JMd 1] Joanie Madden. A Whistle on the Wind. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle). For this tune: 1st time (flute), then with John Williams (concertina).
19949#1
[MH 2] Martin Hayes. Under the Moon. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~199411#2
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Declan Payne (piano accordion), Seamus O'Donnell (flute).
~19942.5#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Joanie Madden (flute).
19964#2
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute).
~19978#2
[PCny] Paddy Canny. Traditional Music from the Legendary East Clare Fiddler. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~199916#1
[CNea 1] Colin Nea. The Pure Box. Colin Nea (accordion).
~20027#1
[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Tara Connaghan (fiddle).
~20058#1
[CTrsh] Ciaran Tourish. Down the Line. Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle).
~20076#2
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion).
20142.2#3
[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
Patsy Tuohey's
JB 2
Road to Lisdoonvarna
BB 2
Nine Points of Roguery
SndCmC
Paddy Fahy's
BrdgGap
Daisy Field
PCny
My Love Is in America
CMcN
Flooded Road to Glenties
Yanks 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Lynn's Delight
JMd 1, WFO 1
Sandmount
KOS
Farewell to Miltown
MH 2
Paddy Fahy's
BrdgGap
Eleanor Kane's
CNea 1
Tom Billy's
EON
Flowers of Edinburgh
CTrsh

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 #1474 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #703 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 146 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #154 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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