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Tune ID#7103 (Besom)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Besom about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SSands 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Mode ?
AirD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Besom, The (compare Merry Merchant / Bright Sun's Glorious Ray / Canny Sugach / Jolly Merchant / Merchant's Daughter / Who'll Buy My Besoms? / World Is Turned Upside Down included here from O'Neill books)
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Discography cd

Here is the sole recording of this tune considering only the indexed recordings.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
20148#1
[SSands 1] Seamus Sands. Across Bridges. Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing. Seamus Sands (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Man from Newry
SSands 1

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 recording listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #1843 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #993 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 430 of [IMM] Francis O'Neill. Irish Minstrels and Musicians. [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