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Tune ID#825 (Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MOB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBC Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back / Her Golden Hair Flowing Down Her Back / Her Long Golden Hair Flowing Down Her Back / Her Golden Long Hair Flowed Down Her Back / Her Long Golden Hair / Her Golden Hair Was Black / Her Long Dark Hair Flowing down Her Back / Her Long Dark Hair / Her Long Black Hair / Her Lovely Hair Flowing Down Her Back / Her Lovely Hair Was Flowing Down her Back / With Her Lovely Long Hair / Moll Ha'penny / Nell McCarthy's / Does Your Mother ride a Bike? / Mother and Child (1st in set Micho Russells on SS 3; 2nd in set Teehan's on MMcG 2; 2nd in set Miko's on AtR 2) (also as slow reel; could also be described as in A Minor; also in G or D or A or Bb) (compare Ambrose Moloney's #2127 and compare 1st part with 1st part of New Policeman #1277) (composed by Junior Crehan)
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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).
~199511#2
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina).
~19965#2
[MOB] Mick O' Brien. May Morning Dew. Mick O' Brien (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes), with Terry Crehan (fiddle).
~199710#1
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: 1st 2 times Donogh Hennessy (guitar).
~19997#1
[Provd 1] Providence. Providence. John Wynne (flute, whistle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina, accordion), Méabh O'Hare (fiddle), Joan McDermott (vocals), Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals).
20002.13#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Hugh Grogan (accordion).
~20007#2
[MMcG 2] Michael McGoldrick. Fused. Michael McGoldrick (flute except where noted).
~20001.4#2
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Michael McGoldrick (flute).
~20014#2
[AtR 2] At the Racket. Mirth-Making Heroes. John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Brian McGrath (banjo, piano, keyboards), Seamus O'Donnell (flute, saxophone, vocals), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano), Brid Dooley (vocals).
20022#2
[BBg 3] Brendan Begley. It Could Be a Good Night Yet! Oíche go Maidean. Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich/Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals). For this tune: (D melodeon).
200410#2
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina), (fiddle), with Davy Maguire (Bb flute).
~20042#1
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).
~20053#1
[MulcFam2] Mick, Louise & Michelle Mulcahy. Notes from the Heart. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, melodeon), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (fiddle, concertina, harp, piano).
20085#1
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
20093#1
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (mandolin), (banjo).
20127#1
[LMlltt 2] Larry Mallette. A Stroll in the Park. Larry Mallette (flute). For this tune: (C flute).
201411#2
[SSands] Seamus Sands. Across Bridges. Traditional Irish Fiddle Playing. Seamus Sands (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Caisleán an Óir
MOB, LaL
Frank Thornton
MMcG 2, WFO 1
Mother and Child Reel
JW 1
Ríl Bheag Bhaile na nUan
AtR 2
An Charraig Aonair
BBg 3
Farewell to Philip Lane
RogRd
Scully Casey's
SSands
Played beforeOn Albums
John Brady's Jig
SS 3
Galway Bay
Provd 1
Moneymusk
LaL
Hawk's Hornpipe
TTItself
Cameron Highlander
MulcFam2
Alice's Reel
RedW
Drag Her around the Road
Hmmrs

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 other #27 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As other #28 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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): 1995