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Tune ID#713 (Ger the Rigger)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ger the Rigger about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDa 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Single reel32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ger the Rigger / Jer an Rigéara / Jer the Rigger / Thadelo's (2nd in set Thadelo's on JOL 2; 1st in set Thadelo's Barndances on AOT 3) (also in G, also described as hornpipe or barndance)
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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).
197712#2
[JDa 1] Jackie Daly. Music from Sliabh Luachra. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina).
~19786#2
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
~19899#2
[JOL 2] Johnny O'Leary. An Calmfhear. The Trooper. Johnny O'Leary (accordion).
19955#1
[AOT 3] Any Old Time. Crossing. Traditional Music from Cork and Beyond. Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Dave Hennessy (accordion), Mick Daly (vocals, guitar, banjo).
~19987#2
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
19992#4 (8:57)
[MH 4] Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill. Live in Seattle. Martin Hayes (fiddle), Dennis Cahill (guitar).
201119#1
[IFMCK] Connie O'Connell. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. Connie O'Connell (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Biddy Martin's
JDa 1, KB Cap
Thadelo's
JOL 2
Where Lilies Bloom
FFH
Ship in Full Sail
MH 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Thadelo's
AOT 3, IFMCK
Mickey Chewing Bubblegum
KB Cap
Maid of Ardagh
FFH
Blackthorn Stick
MH 4

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 #128 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #113 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #20 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [available]
On page 229 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As polka #17 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 107 of [IFMCK] Drew Beisswenger. Irish Fiddle Music from Counties Cork and Kerry. [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): 1966