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Tune ID#897 (Irish Washerwoman)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Irish Washerwoman about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Irish Washerwoman, The / Irish Washerwoman / An Bhean Níocháin Éireannach / The Irishwoman / The Wash Woman / The Washing Woman / The Washerwoman / Bean an Níocháin / Jackson's Delight / Corporal Casey / The Big Jig / Paddy McGinty's Goat / The Snouts and Ears of America / Haste to the Wedding (2nd in set Rakes of Kildare on OTUS1 track 2; 2nd in set Medley of Jigs on OTUS1 track 21; 3rd in set Irish Washerwoman on SHtn 1) (also in D) (version by Ed Reavy included here)
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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).
~19078#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
19212.2#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
19232#2
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Flanagan Brothers: Joe Flanagan (accordion), Mike Flanagan (banjo).
192921#2
195313#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doherty (fiddle).
~195310#1
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: The Irish All Stars.
~19695#2
199118#2
~19916#3
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán). For this tune: with Séamus Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle).
~199320#1
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~199711#2
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
19996#1
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle). For this tune: Gerdie (concertina).
201011#3
[SHtn 1] Shannon Heaton. The Blue Dress. Shannon Heaton (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Father O'Flynn
OTUS1, GP, NaCnn 1
Rakes of Kildare
OTUS1
Jig of Slurs
FS
Con Cassidy's
PG 2
Humors of Castlecomer
SHtn 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Connaughtman's Rambles
JCnly 1, NaCnn 1
Haste to the Wedding
OTUS1
Atholl Highlanders
FS
Pipe on the Hob
GCJR

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 #317 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #14 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #19 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 11 of [Ba] Betty M. Barlow. Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist. [available]
On page 140 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #90 in [ER] Joseph M. Reavy (compiler). The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy. [available]
On page 148 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #33 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1907