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Tune ID#594 (Fairy Jig)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fairy Jig 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 ?BarsMode ?
Slip jig16D Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fairy Jig, The / The Fairies' Jig / The Gift from the Fairies / Port na Sióg / Frainc an Phoill / Frank of the Hollow / Frank from the Hollow / Micky Docherty's Slip Jig (1st in set The Wet Ones on ECoy 1; 1st in set The Fairy Set on MMcAly 2)
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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).
~19782.1#1
[Boys 7] Boys of the Lough. Wish You Were Here. Highlands and Islands Tour. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina).
~198710#2
[A 1] Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Altan. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute). For this tune: Frankie Kennedy (flute).
~19912#1
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
~19967#1
[JK 3] James Kelly. Traditional Irish Music. James Kelly (fiddle).
~20002#3
[VCJL] Verena Commins and Julie Langan. Fonnchaoi. Verena Commins (accordion, piano), Julie Langan (fiddle).
200210#3
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes). For this tune: (B pipes), with Jim (fiddle).
~200214#1
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin).
~20136#3
[ForGems] Peter Carberry and Pádraig McGovern. Forgotten Gems. Peter Carberry (accordion), Pádraig McGovern (B pipes, D pipes).
~20166#1
[MMcAly 2] Mick McAuley. Highs and Bellows. Mick McAuley (accordion, vocals, guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
High Road to Dublin
A 1
Bracken's
VCJL
Black Rogue
EGrs 1
Lough Key
ForGems
Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Whiskey
A 1, JK 3
Dan Breen's
Boys 7
King of the Pipers
PG 2
Give Us a Drink of Water
ECoy 1
Liam Childs
MMcAly 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 slipjig #38 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc 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): 1978