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Tune ID#815 (Sweet Biddy Daly)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sweet Biddy Daly about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB UC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sweet Biddy Daly / Sweet Biddy Daly's / A Health to the Ladies / An Irishman's Heart to the Ladies / The Irishman's Heart to the Ladies / An Irishman's Love / Fond of the Ladies / To the Ladies / The Frolicksome Dame / Saddle the Pony / Over the Callows / Pat Beirne's Favourite / Rogha Pheait Uí Buirne / Buttermilk Mary / The Móinín Jig / The Mountain Road / The Mountainy Boy / The Boy in the Wood / Little Boy Ted in the Hay / Ted Beag san Fhéar / O'Mahony's Jig / The Queenstown Jig / Baron's (1st in set Sweet Biddy Daly on OTUS1) (also in G or D or F, also in Mixolydian) (compare Pet in the Kitchen #1570; 1st part same as 1st part of #3663)
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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).
191810#3 (1:37)
[JKm] John J. Kimmel. John J. Kimmel. Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music. John J. Kimmel (accordion).
19252.9#2
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (whistle), with Michael Gaffney (banjo mandolin).
193217#1
~19632.7#2
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Baby Crehan (concertina).
~19673#1
[PKlly] Patrick Kelly. Patrick Kelly From Cree. Fiddle Music. Patrick Kelly (fiddle).
~198014#2
[SMMcG] Seamus and Manus McGuire. Humours of Lissadell. Seamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
~19843#2
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Murphy family (harmonica).
19922.5#2
[SDI 2] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume II. Denis McMahon (fiddle), Paudy Scully (flute), Timmy O'Connor (melodeon), Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~199510#2
[Whr] Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannan. The Whirlwind. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Robbie Hannan (pipes). For this tune: Paddy (fiddle).
~19975#2
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina).
~19985#3
[Cltri 3] Ceoltóirí. Women of Ireland. Karen Ashbrook (hammered dulcimer, flute, whistle), Connie McKenna (vocals, guitar), Sue Richards (harp).
~19982.2#2
20002.16#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. thirty-three fiddlers (fiddle).
~200010#2
[DH 3] Dan Herlihy and John Drew. The Ballydesmond Polka. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra Played By Dan Herlihy and John Drew. Dan Herlihy (accordion), John Drew (mandocello).
~20028#3 (3:37)
[Boh 3] Bohola. Bohola. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion), Sean Cleland (fiddle, viola, baritone fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, bouzouki, vocals).
~200410#1
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Rambling Pitchfork
JMcK, SMMcG
Maid in the Meadow
SDI 2, TMcCrthy
Connaughtman's Rambles
JKm
Humours of Lisheen
KB UC
Munster Buttermilk
Whr
Boys of Tandragee
ESL 1
Tom Billy's
Cltri 3
God Save Ireland
JCrehan
Larry O'Gaff
LaL
Luachrachán
DH 3
Seamus Cooley's Jig
Boh 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Devlin's Favourite
JKm
Champion
OTUS1
Boys of the Town
KB UC
William Thompson's
LaL
Petticoat Loose
OHrth

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 #1084 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #278 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #112 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #29 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #24 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 67 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #326 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 88 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 144 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #124 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