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Tune ID#1104 (Last Night's Fun)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Last Night's Fun about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Last Night's Fun / Last Nights Fun / An Scléip Aréir / Scléip na hOíche Aréir / Scléip na hOîche Aréir / Joe Cooley's / Joe Cooley's No. 1 (1st in set Killoran's Reels on JRyan; 3rd in set Last Nights Fun on Drv 2; 2nd in set The Cooley Set on MOCCH 1) (also in C) (very similar to Cliffs of Glencolumbkille #337; compare 1st part with 1st part of Callan Lasses #4741 and with 1st part of #5450)

cd Discography

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. Performers (instruments). Go to album
19731#2 (2:00)
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion). For this tune: with Des Mulkere? (banjo).
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~197810#1
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes).
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~197914#2
[MB 1] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin. Traditional Irish Music on the Tin Whistle. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (low G whistle).
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~19881#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
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19927#1
[JRyan] Joe Ryan. An Buachaill Dreoite. Joe Ryan (fiddle).
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~19932#2
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon).
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~19931#1
[Shskn 6] Shaskeen. My Love Is in America. Tom Cussen (banjo), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), Charlie Harris (accordion), Kevin Rohan (fiddle, vocals).
Go to Album
~19946#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Christy Hannon (flute).
Go to Album
~19953#3
[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
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~199513#3
[JW 1] John Williams. John Williams. John Williams (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (concertina, accordion), with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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~19965#2
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
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19993#1
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
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20002.1#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. various.
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200013#1
[CTL 8] Cherish the Ladies. The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Donna Long (piano, keyboards, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, whistle), Deirdre Connolly (vocals, whistle, flute), Liz Knowles (fiddle).
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~20032.19#1
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Joe Skelton (Eb flute).
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~200410#1
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes). For this tune: with Willie Kelly (fiddle).
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20061#2
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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~200712#1
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Liam Lewis (fiddle), Eamonn Cotter (flute).
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~200813#2
[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #27 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #169 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As reel #12 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 36 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #26 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 59 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #191 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #64 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #42 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1973