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Tune ID#668 (Foxhunter's Jig)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Foxhunter's 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 BG 5 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slip jig32ABA'CD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Foxhunter's Jig, The / The Foxhunter's /The Fox Hunter's Jig / Foxhunter's / The Foxhunters' Jig / Foxhunters' Jig / The Foxhunters' / The Foxhunters / The Fox Hunter / The Jolly Foxhunters / The Foxhunt (1st in set The Foxhunter a.k.a. The Fox Hunter on MC; 1st in set The Foxhunter's on MC 2; in set Chasing the Fox on Ch BIH; 2nd in set Dublin to Dingle on Lu 4; as part of piece The Hunt of the Hound and the Hare on Fdl 2) (also as close of An Madradhín Ruadh / The Fox Chase #664; also in G; a widespread alternate setting is in G without 1st part or 4th part, as on MC and in some later sources) (compare Humors of Derrycrosane #855)
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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).
19252.4#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
192510#1
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
195023#1
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Joe O'Dowd (fiddle).
~19519#2 (2:08)
19696#2 (0:58)
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
~197810#2
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19856#1 (1:07)
[Ch BIH] The Chieftains. Music from "Ballad of the Irish Horse". Derek Bell (harp, tiompán), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle, bones), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle).
199811#3
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute).
~199824#2
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (D melodeon).
20027#2
[Lu 4] Lúnasa. Redwood. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
~20022#1
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
20037#3
[Tda 2] Téada. Give Us a Penny and Let Us Be Gone. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals), John Blake (flute, guitar), Paul Finn (accordion, concertina), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
20081#1
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~20094#3 (2:48)
[Fdl 2] Fidil. 3. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle), Damien McGeehan (fiddle).
~20102#1
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
201219#1
[LMlltt 2] Larry Mallette. A Stroll in the Park. Larry Mallette (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Fox Chase
AL, Ch 2, SE 5, BG 5
Hunting the Hare
LMlltt 1
James Kelly's
Lu 4
Clarke's
Tda 2
Absentminded Man
Fdl 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Comb Your Hair and Curl It
MC, MC 2, TnRadio, CYHCIt
Foxhunter's Reel
Ch 2, Ch BIH
Lament for the Fox
LMlltt 1
Nell Fees
Lu 4
Tommy Hunt's Jig
BCw 1
Old Maid
Tda 2
Boys of Ballisodare
RedW
Foxes
LMlltt 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 tune #422 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 46 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As 2 (p. 66) in [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #265 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #34 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 219 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As slipjig #10 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #73 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 46 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1907