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Tune ID#5951 (I Was Born for Sport)

Transcription of first 2 bars of I Was Born for Sport about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CtNGn (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):
I Was Born for Sport / Barbara Needhams / Barbara Needham (1st in set Bye A While on PRynne 1) (also in D Mixolydian) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Cailleach an Airgid #788)
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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).
~20041#1
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina).
20097#2
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Shane Mulvey, Siobhán Peoples, Murty Ryan, Martin Dermody.
201212#1
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).
~201310#1
[JOBM 2] Jimmy O'Brien Moran. Take Me Tender.... Jimmy O'Brien Moran (B pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Clancy's Jig
RoClare
Played beforeOn Albums
Butlers of Glen Avenue
PRynne 1
Miller's Maggot
RoClare
Anthony Frawley's
CtNGn
An Cearc is an Coilleach
JOBM 2

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 2004