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Tune ID#7115 (Contentment Is Wealth)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Contentment Is Wealth about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PS 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Contentment Is Wealth (compare Contentment Is Wealth #384 which shares an identical 1st part; compare Tony Molloy's which shares an identical 2nd part #3561; compare more distantly Contentment Is Wealth #7116)
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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).
19864#2
[PS 1] Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn. Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
19997#1
[AMacN 1] Andrew Mac Namara. Dawn. Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
~20002.5#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Justin Murphy (flute).
~20012#1
[JoeMcK] Joe McKenna. The Irish Low Whistle. Joe McKenna (whistle, pipes, keyboards, piano). For this tune: (A whistle), with Mary Bergin (A whistle).
20092#2
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (whistle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Banks of Lough Gowna
PS 1
Fly in the Porter
WFO 2
I Lost My Love and I Care Not
Hmmrs
Played beforeOn Albums
Have a Drink with Me
PS 1
Larry the Beer Drinker
AMacN 1
Mooncoin
JoeMcK
Gillan's Apples
WFO 2
Maid on the Green
Hmmrs

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1986