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Tune ID#6815 (Gallagher's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Gallagher's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording POK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig224AABBCCDDEEFFGGD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Gallagher's / The Frieze Breeches / Frieze Breeches / The Frieze Britches / Frieze Britches / Frieze Breetches / (An) Brístín Mire / Friar's Breeches / Friar's Britches / I Buried My Wife / On St. Patrick's Day I Was Gay / I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her / I Buried My Wife and Danced on Top of Her / On St. Patrick's Day I Was Gay / The Trumlo (compare the more common Frieze Breeches #635 - the opening figure and some of the later parts distinguish the two; the SE 3 setting included here is only barely more like this setting than like #635)
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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).
19482#1
[POK] Pádraig O'Keeffe. The Sliabh Luachra Fiddle Master. Pádraig O'Keeffe (fiddle).
~19744#1
[SE 3] Séamus Ennis. The Wandering Minstrel. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19882#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).

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 #1051 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #260 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On pages 17-18 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [available]
As tune #12 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #101 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [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