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Tune ID#91 (Ask My Father)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ask My Father about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars16-bar phrase structureMode ?
Single jig64AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Ask My Father / Ask Me Father / Fiafraigh de m'Athair é / Ask Her Father / Fiafraigh dá hAthair É / The Four Courts (1st in set Away with Ye on Ch 6; 1st in set Ask My Father on Cran 5) (also singled, also as hornpipe, included here) (compare With All My Heart #2645 and Johnny Allen #986)
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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).
~19737#1
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19764#1
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle).
~19808#1
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
~19929#3
[FireAfl] Matt Molloy, Seán Keane, Liam O'Flynn. The Fire Aflame. Matt Molloy (flute), Seán Keane (fiddle), Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
~20072#1
[OMcA] Oisín McAuley. Far from the Hills of Donegal. Oisín McAuley (fiddle, guitar). For this tune: with Ronan Browne (pipes).
~20091#2
[PCrbry] Peter Carberry. Traditional Irish Music from Co. Longford. Peter Carberry (accordion, banjo, tenor guitar). For this tune: (Bb accordion).
~20113#1
[MOhEn] Micheál Ó hEidhin [with] Steve Cooney and Charlie Lennon. Ceol Sidhe. Shee Music. Micheál Ó hEidhin (concertina), Steve Cooney (guitar), Charlie Lennon (fiddle). For this tune: with Charlie (fiddle).
~20146#1
[Cran 5] Cran. Dally and Stray. Seán Corcoran (vocals, mandocello), Desi Wilkinson (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals), Ronan Browne (pipes, flute, whistle, vocals).
~20149#1
[MCrJD 2] Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch. Rolling On. Jackie Daly (accordion), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Dusty Miller
FireAfl
Seán Ó'Duibhir a'Ghleanna
PCrbry
Played beforeOn Albums
Pat Ward's
SE 2, OMcA, Cran 5
Casadh an tSúgáin
Ch 6
Cuckoo
JKn 2
Connaught Heifers
FireAfl
Sporting Nell
PCrbry
What's the Hurry?
MOhEn
Jack of All Trades
MCrJD 2

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 #941 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #367 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #143 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #62 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [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