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Tune ID#720 (Girl of the Big House)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Girl of the Big House about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording HmrLshn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Girl of the Big House, The / Cailín an Tí Mhóir / The Girl of the House / The Housekeeper / Denis Murphy's / The Lisheen Jig (as No Name on MotS 3) (also as song-air, also in Mixolydian) (mistakenly credited to Denis Murphy on MulcFam1) (compare Girl of the Big House #2194)
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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).
19761.7#1
[HmrLshn] John and Julia Clifford. The Humours of Lisheen. Music from Sliabh Luachra Vol. 3. John Clifford (piano accordion), Julia Clifford (fiddle). For this tune: Julia (fiddle).
~19905#2
[SK 2] Seán Keane. Jig It in Style. Seán Keane (fiddle). For this tune: with Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
~200012#2
[MotS 3] Monks of the Screw Trio. Brathar na nÓl. Paudy Scully (flute), Dan Curtain [Curtin] (fiddle), Tim Browne (fiddle).
~20005#1
[MulcFam1] The Mulcahy Family. The Mulcahy Family. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, concertina), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (accordion, concertina, harp). For this tune: with Mick Moloney (banjo).
~20044#2
[PdOCo] Paudie O Connor. Different State. Paudie O Connor (accordion).
~20094#3
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Maiden that Jigs It in Style
SK 2
Páití Leary's
MotS 3
Eddie Kelly's Jig No. 1
PdOCo
Barbequed Leprechaun
SMcK
Played beforeOn Albums
Alasdruim's March
SK 2
Rolling Wave
MulcFam1

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 #196 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #998 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #98 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #40 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [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