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Tune ID#6117 (President Garfield)

Transcription of first 2 bars of President Garfield about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RT 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBBb Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
President Garfield / President Garfield's / Lament for President Garfield (also in A or D, also as reel) (composed by Ostinelli)
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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).
~198013#1
[SMMcG] Seamus and Manus McGuire. Humours of Lissadell. Seamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle). For this tune: Seamus (fiddle).
~198510#3
[Boys 11] Boys of the Lough. To Welcome Paddy Home. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, banjo, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, harmonica, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano).
19957#1
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle). For this tune: Paul McGrattan (C flute).
199710#3
[RT 2] Reeltime. Live It Up. Máirin Fahy (fiddle, vocals), Éilís Egan (accordion), Luke Daniels (accordion), Chris Kelly (guitar, vocals), John Flatley (keyboards, vocals), Yvonne Fahy (percussion).
~199712#3
[BBg 2] Brendan Begley. We Won't Go Home 'til Morning. Brendan Begley (accordion, melodeon, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Dermot McLaughlin (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Constitution
Boys 11
[untitled]
RT 2
Johnny McIljohn's No. 2
BBg 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Down the Broom
SMMcG
Maids of Tullyknockbrine
WaMoDub

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): 1980