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Tune ID#803 (Hardiman the Fiddler)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Hardiman the Fiddler about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Slip jig16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Hardiman the Fiddler / Hardy Man the Fiddler / Hardyman the Fiddler / Ó hArgadáin an Fidléir (mislabeled as Páidín Ó Raifeartaigh on JCnly 2; 3rd in set Rhubarb and Ginger on NNC 1) (also in E)
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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).
~19594#2
[LR 2] Leo Rowsome. The King of the Pipers. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
196910#2
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle).
~197610#1
[SotC] Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh Pipers' Club [Song of the Chanter]. Disc 10 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Paul Davis (concertina, flutes, harmonica), Eithne Vallelly (fiddle), Pat Daly (harp), Brian Vallelly (pipes, whistle, flute), Niall Vallelly (bodhran). For this tune: Brian Vallely (pipes).
~197615#2
[ItS] In the Smoke. Jimmy Power (fiddle).
19954#2
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
~199610#1
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion, melodeon).
~19989#2
[JCnly 2] Johnny Connolly. Drioball na Fáinleoige. Johnny Connolly (melodeon, accordion, vocals). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~199910#1
[JqMcC] Jacqueline McCarthy. The Hidden Note. Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina).
200112#2
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
~20025#2
[RBPOL 2] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. Touch Me If You Dare. Ronan Browne (pipes, flute), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
~200211#1
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doyle (guitar).
20032#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: (flute).
20039#2
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle). For this tune: Randal (fiddle).
200413#2
[TP 9] Tommy Peoples. Recorded at Fiddler's Hearth. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
20076#2
[KHys 2] Kitty Hayes. Remembered. In Concert in Glór and Bantry House. Kitty Hayes (concertina). For this tune: with Peter Laban (C pipes), Mick Kinsella (harmonica), Josephine Marsh (accordion).
~20071#3
[NNC 1] Niamh Ní Charra. Ón Dá Thaobh. From Both Sides. Niamh Ní Charra (fiddle, concertina). For this tune: (fiddle, concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kitty Come Down to Limerick
LR 2, ItS
Moll Roe
FDys, RBPOL 2
Little Fair Cannavans
CSmth, KHys 2
Give Us a Drink of Water
JCnly 2, TP 9
Humours of Whiskey
Ch 2
Choice Wife
WaMoDub
Swaggering Jig
NNC 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Doodly, Doodly, Dank!
WaMoDub
High Road to Dublin
DByrn
Humours of Derrycrosane
JqMcC
Give Us a Drink of Water
TP 8
A Fig for a Kiss
LLses 2
Drops of Brandy
CSmth
Heels over Head
TP 9

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 #1117 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #412 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 20 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
As tune #127 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 79 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 160 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 50 of [RW] Robin Williamson. The Penny Whistle Book. [available]
As tune #31 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
On page 33 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As tune #87 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As slipjig #13 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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