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Tune ID#710 (Geese in the Bog)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Geese in the Bog about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IDM 1 (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):
Geese in the Bog, The / Na Seanghéanna sa Phortach / Geese in the Bog / The Old Geese in the Bog / The Old Geese on the Bog / The Goose in the Bog / The Humours of Ballinifad / Humors of Ballinafad / The Humors of Ballinifad / Bryan O'Lynn / Bryan O Lynn / Johnny Knocked over His Uncle / Chasing the Chicken / Ken Fahey's (as Gan Ainm on JCrehan) (also in B, also with extra 1st part by Liz Carroll on LC 2; the E Dorian Scottish tune on TW included here is only the same in the 1st part) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Banks of Lough Gowna #117)
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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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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19252.7#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (C# flute), with Michael Gaffney (banjo mandolin).
19278#1
193217#3
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. Frank Lee's Tara Ceilidh Band.
194123#1
[ITWWW] "If There Weren't Any Women in the World". Ann McNulty (C melodeon), later with unknown (banjo).
~19832.5#2
[Boys 10] Boys of the Lough. Open Road. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar). For this tune: Aly (fiddle).
~19832.5#2
[Boys 15] Boys of the Lough. The Session. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar, acoustic bass guitar). For this tune: Aly (fiddle).
1984A.3#2
[Boys 12] Boys of the Lough. Far from Home. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Tich Richardson (guitar). For this tune: Aly (fiddle).
~19871#1
~198810#2
[LC 2] Liz Carroll. Liz Carroll. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~19923#1
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
~19927#3
~199321#1
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
19942.4#3
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Michael (flute), Tommy (concertina), Eamon (fiddle).
~199410#1
[EI 1] Eileen Ivers. Eileen Ivers. Traditional Irish Music. Eileen Ivers (fiddle, mandolin, rainstick).
~19957#2
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
~19952.14#1
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Junior Crehan (fiddle), Tony Crehan (concertina), Angela Crehan (whistle), Ita Crehan (whistle), P.J. Crotty (flute), Bobby Casey (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
19971#3
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute).
~19974#2
[CKeane 2] Conor Keane. Oidhreacht. Conor Keane (accordion).
19982#2
[Lgcy] Legacy. Navan. Don Penzien (guitar, vocals, whistle), Valerie Plested (fiddle), Beth Patterson (bouzouki, vocals), Justin Murphy (flute, whistle).
19996#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
200111#2
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
200311#1
[LLses 2] The London Lasses and Pete Quinn. Track Across the Deep. Karen Ryan (fiddle, whistle), Elaine Conwell (fiddle), Dee Havlin (flute, whistle), Maureen Linane (accordion), Kathleen O'Sullivan (vocals). For this tune: 1st time (fiddle).
~201312#2
[DPower 3] David Power. The Eighteen Moloney. David Power (B pipes).

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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 #90 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #55 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As jig #66 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #6 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
On page 85 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #88 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 139 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #164 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #181 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): 1925