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Tune ID#879 (Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Buí Agam)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Buí Agam about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BgCn (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):
Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Buí Agam / Tá Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí Agam / I Have Two Yellow Goats / An Gabhairín Buí / The Gabhairín Buidhe / Hielan' Laddie / Hielan Laddie / The Highland Laddie / Fill the Cup / Fág a' Bealach / Cockle Shells / High Caul Cap (2nd in set Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí on BgCn; 2nd in set 99 High on SHtn 1) (also in A, also in C, also as song) (compare High-Caul Cap #829 and Jack Ryan's #6531; compare 1st part with 1st part of #7523)
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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).
19602#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina).
19922.4#3
[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).
~199212#2
[BgCn] Séamus Begley and Stephen Cooney. Meitheal. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Stephen Cooney (guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, ditjeridú).
199320#1
[MR 8] Micho Russell. Ireland's Whistling Ambassador. Micho Russell (whistle, vocals).
~20064#1
[Tda 3] Téada. Inné Amárach. Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki, banjo), Damien Stenson (flute), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion).
20102#2
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).
~20106#1
[MoMad] Brendan Begley and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. A Moment of Madness. Brendan Begley (accordion), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, hardanger fiddle). For this tune: Caoimhín (hardanger fiddle).
20163#1
[ACwMoss] Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown. All Covered with Moss. Alison Perkins (fiddle, vocals), Nicolas Brown (B pipes, B flute). For this tune: (B flute), (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lakes of Sligo
SDI 2
Return of Spring
BgCn
Ninety-Nine
SHtn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Terry 'Cuz' Teahan's
BgCn
Shelf
Tda 3
Glen Cottage
MoMad
You Broke My Cup and Saucer
ACwMoss

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 #107 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #110 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 23 of [MR] Barbara Wygol (tunes), Jenny Loui (text). The Piper's Chair. A Collection of Tunes and Folklore from Micho Russell.
As tune #9 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