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Tune ID#671 (An Buachaillín Bán)

Transcription of first 2 bars of An Buachaillín Bán about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording GCJR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
An Buachaillín Bán / Buachaillín Bán / The Bouchaleen Bawn / An Buachaillín Fionn / The Fair-Haired Boy / The Fairhaired Boy / The Fair Haired Boy / Fraher's Jig / The Freheen Jig / The Boys from Carrickroe / The Kerryman's Rambles / The Last of the Lot / John Egan's (3rd in set Joe Ryan's Jigs on GCJR; as Gan Ainm on HB 1) (also in G)
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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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[KMKerry] Musique et Musiciens d'Irlande (Killorglin and Miltown, Co Kerry). Music and Musicians of Ireland. Musik und Musiker aus Irland. Terry Mathews (banjo).
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[JDa 2] Jackie Daly. Domhnach Is Dálach. Many's a Wild Night. Jackie Daly (accordion).
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[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (accordion).
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[LoStBand] The Lonely Stranded Band. The Lonely Stranded Band. Traditional Irish Music and Song from Charlie Piggott, Miriam Collins and Joe Corcoran. Charlie Piggott (accordion), Miriam Collins (concertina), Joe Corcoran (vocals, bouzouki, guitar).
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[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).
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[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Joe (fiddle).
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[HB 1] Harry Bradley. Bad Turns and Horse-Shoe Bends. Harry Bradley (flute).
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[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Paul O' Shaughnessy (fiddle), Tom O'Shaughnessy (flute).
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[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion, concertina).
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[MulcFam3] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Reelin' in Tradition. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (concertina, fiddle, harp, piano).
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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 #924 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #158 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #120 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #20 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 42 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #78 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As tune #237 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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