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Tune ID#1233 (Master McDermott's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Master McDermott's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Master McDermott's / Master Mc Dermott's / Master McDermot's / McDermott's Reel / Mc Dermott's / McDermotts Reel / Master McDermott's Reel / Master McDermotts' Reel / McDermoth's Reel / Master McDermott / Máistir Mac Diarmada / Barrel Rafferty's / Barrel Rafferty's Reel No. 1 (1st in set Gort to Texas to Honolulu on RT 1; 1st in set Tunes on BIABH 3; for 3rd figure of Caledonian Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in C, also singled) (compare Boys of the Lough #210; compare quite distantly Liam Donnelly's #6683) (composed by Seán Maguire and/or Liam Donnelly, according to five of these sources. SMcK, however, credits this to Michael McDermott)

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
~195019#1
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Sean Maguire (fiddle).
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~19775#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Mike Rafferty (flute).
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~198814#3
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
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199110#2
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
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~19918#1
[BIABH 3] Bringing It All Back Home. Volume 3. Bobby Casey, John Bowe, Tom Nagle, Ellish Byrne, Siobhan O'Donnell, Roger Sherlock.
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~199313#2
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: Maureen Doherty Macken (whistle).
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~19951#1
[RT 1] Reeltime. Reeltime. Máirin Fahy (fiddle, vocals), Éilís Egan (accordion), Chris Kelly (guitar), Benny Hayes (piano, keyboards, ukelele, vocals).
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~19952.5#1
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Reeltime.
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199612#1
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute). For this tune: Kevin Moloney (fiddle).
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~19982#1
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
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~19987#1
[JMcE] John McEvoy. Returning. John McEvoy (fiddle).
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~19981#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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~19989#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~199911#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Deirdre Collis (whistle), with Maria Lynn McHugh (piano).
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20001.10#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. thirty-three fiddlers (fiddle).
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~20097#3
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).
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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 reel #179 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #11 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 68 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #202 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #240 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #14 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): 1950