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Tune ID#6558 (Bye A While)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Bye A While about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PRynne 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Bye A While / By A While (3rd in set Bye A While on PRynne 1; 3rd in set The Invasion on Socks 2) (composed by Pádraig Rynne)
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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#3
[PRynne 1] Pádraig Rynne. Bye a While. Pádraig Rynne (concertina). For this tune: with John McSherry (low whistle, pipes).
~20151#3
[Socks 2] Socks in the Frying Pan. Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space. Shane Hayes (accordion), Aodán Coyne (guitar, vocals), Fiachra Hayes (fiddle, banjo).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Butlers of Glen Avenue
PRynne 1
McFadden's Handsome Daughter
Socks 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