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Tune ID#949 (Spider in the Bathtub)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Spider in the Bathtub about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LCTM (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Spider in the Bathtub, The / Jimmy Keane's / Tommy McGuire's (composed by Jimmy Keane and as implied in book Cuz, specifically in 1976. Only the SWlsh 5 source credits this tune to Tommy McGuire)
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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).
~19788#1
[LCTM] Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire. Kiss Me Kate. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Tommy Maguire (accordion). For this tune: Tommy (accordion).
20143#2
[SWlsh 5] Séamus Walshe. Turas. Séamus Walshe (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Turas Sheamuis
SWlsh 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Cuckoo
LCTM

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.
On page 84 of [Cuz] Terence "Cuz" Teahan with Josh Dunson. The Road to Glountane.
As hp #49 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1976