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Tune ID#829 (High Caul Cap)

Transcription of first 2 bars of High Caul Cap about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ICTM (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Polka32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
High Caul Cap, The / High Caul Cap / The High Cauled Cap / High-Caul Cap / Caidhp an Chúil Aird / The Bonnie Lassie / The Bonny Laddie / The Highland Laddie / What Shall I Do? / Donkey Riding (for 4th figure of dance Off to Skelligs in book R) (also in F or A, also with many variations, also described as a barndance) (compare #879)
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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).
~198018#2
[ICTM] Ireland. Irlande. Jack Lyons, from north Kerry (concertina).
~19947#2
~20027#2
[Boh 3] Bohola. Bohola. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion), Sean Cleland (fiddle, viola, baritone fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, bouzouki, vocals).
20101#1
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: 1st time Mick (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Blackbird
ICTM
Little Diamond
NMCMM
Shamrock Sod
Boh 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Rakes of Mallow
NMCMM
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
MCnDMn

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 #1807 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1000 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #296#4 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #112 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As misc #11 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On pages 69-70 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade. [available]
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As tune #51 in [IBPS] Pat Conway. Ireland's Best Polkas and Slides. [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