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Tune ID#68 (Connie the Soldier)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Connie the Soldier about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording RBPOL 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Connie the Soldier / Connie, the Soldier / Conny the Soldier / An Ghaoth Aniar Aneas / An Ghaoth Aniar-Aneas / An Ghaoth Aniar Andeas / The South West Wind / The South-West Wind / The Southwest Wind / An Sean Fhonn Dúr / Sean Fhonn Dúr / The Firm Old Tune / The Old Firm Jig / Muing Fhliuch Jig / Coffee and Tea / Aineen's Double / The Cherry Grove Jig / Jimmy the Tailor / Bacach na Cleithe / Humours of Abbeyfeale / Cripple with the Crutches / The Battle of Fontenoy (1st in set John McKenna's Jigs on PS 2; 1st in set McKenna's Jigs on PS 7; 1st in set Connie the Soldier on Sld 1) (also in Major; also as song Banish Misfortune / Máire Inis Toirc ) (the setting included here on JasCt could be considered a distinct tune; the four quite similar tunes John McKenna's Jig #3446, Mickey the Mauler #5771, Lake Shore #6498, and An Gaoth Aniar Aneas #6800 differ from this tune mainly in their opening motifs, especially their second bar)
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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).
19341.18#2
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: with Michael Gaffney (banjo).
19737#1
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~19881#1
[PS 2] Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn. 2, Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle, backing vocals), Jackie Daly (accordion, backing vocals), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, mandola, harmonica), Arty McGlynn (guitar). For this tune: 1st time Jackie (accordion).
~19888#1
[RBPOL 1] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
~19907#2
[DMa] Declan Masterson. Deireadh an Fhómhair. End of the Harvest. Declan Masterson (pipes, whistle).
~1991A.8#1
[MotS 1] Monks of the Screw. Bráithre an Óil. Timmy O Connor (accordion), Paudy Scully (flute), John Drew (mandocello), Tim Browne (bouzouki). For this tune: Paudy (flute).
~1991A.8#2
[MotS 1] Monks of the Screw. Bráithre an Óil. Timmy O Connor (accordion), Paudy Scully (flute), John Drew (mandocello), Tim Browne (bouzouki).
19921.2#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (C whistle).
19953#1
[FSOD] Hervé Cantal, Denis Kersual, Vincent Blin, John Maguire, Gérard Tauzin, J.-Ch. Lequerre. For the Sake of Old Decency. Musique de tradition irlandaise en France. Music of Irish tradition in France. Hervé Cantal (flute, whistle), Denis Kersual (pipes), Vincent Blin (melodeon), John Maguire (vocals), Gérard Tauzin (guitar), J.-Ch. Lequerre (piano). For this tune: Denis Kersual (pipes), Hervé Cantal (flute).
~19961.2#1
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
19981#1
[PS 7] Patrick Street. Live from Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Ged Foley (guitar, fiddle).
19991#1
[Sld 1] Slide. The Flying Pig. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle), Daire Bracken (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki), Éamonn de Barra (flute, piano, keyboards, whistle, vocals). For this tune: Éamonn de Barra (flute).
~20003#1
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
~20012#3
[KCrhn] Kevin Crehan. An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare. Kevin Crehan (fiddle).
20021.2#2
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Téada: Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), John Blake (flute).
~20029#2
[Tda 1] Téada. Téada. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals, whistle, piano), John Blake (flute, whistle, guitar, piano), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki, vocals), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
~200610#2
[JasCt] James Carty. Upon My Soul. James Carty (flute). For this tune: (D flute).
~20083#1
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~200917#2
[PCrbry] Peter Carberry. Traditional Irish Music from Co. Longford. Peter Carberry (accordion, banjo, tenor guitar). For this tune: (tenor guitar), with Róisín Carberry (accordion), Shaunagh Carberry (fiddle), Angelina Carberry (banjo).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Tom Roddy's
KCThtr, Tda 1
Dever the Dancer
JMcK
Jack Coen's Jig
DMa
Connie the SoldierMotS 1
Mo Ghrá Thú
KCrhn
Tommy Maguire's #4
JasCt
High Jig
PCrbry
Played beforeOn Albums
McKenna's
PS 2, MISD 6, PS 7, JLavelle
Petticoat Loose
RBPOL 1
Girl from the Big House
DMa
Connie the SoldierMotS 1
House in the Glen
MotS 1
Rolling Wave
FSOD
Ownie Davy's
Sld 1
Chicken That Made the Soup
KCThtr
Maid at the Well
Tda 1
Greensleeves
COG 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 #794 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #67 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #123 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #29 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As jig #159 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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