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Tune ID#634 (First of May)

Transcription of first 2 bars of First of May about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TDMI (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
First of May, The / An Chéad Lá de Mhí na Bealtaine / The Skillet Pot / Colcannon (also in D Mixolydian or G Mixolydian or A Dorian) (compare jig Fágamaíd sud mar atá sé / Fagamaoid sud mar ata se / Let Us Leave That As It Is, included here; also as song)
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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).
~195324#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Johnny Doherty (fiddle).
~19999#2
[KR] Kevin Rowsome. The Rowsome Tradition. Kevin Rowsome (pipes). For this tune: (D pipes), with Lorraine (fiddle).
~20034#1
[CarbQ 1] Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry (banjo), Martin Quinn (accordion, melodeon).
20083#1
[NtDay] Brett Lipshutz and Randy Lee Gosa. Night and Day. Brett Lipshutz (flute, whistle, bombarde), Randy Lee Gosa (guitar).
20104#2
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon).
~201314#1
[HB 4] Harry Bradley. The First of May. Harry Bradley (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute), with Colm Gannon (melodeon).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kilcooley Wood
KR
O'Donnell's Hornpipe
MCnDMn
Played beforeOn Albums
Blackbird
CarbQ 1
Kitty Lie Over
NtDay
Behind the Ditch in Páirc Anna
HB 4

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 #1708 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #899 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 132 of [IMM] Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. [available]
On page 132 of [IMM] Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. [available]
As tune #200 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #115 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #98 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 199 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