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Tune ID#1266 (McMahon's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of McMahon's about these two bars
These two bars are quoted from the transcription in the book SR (details in the Bibliography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
McMahon's / McMahon's Hornpipe / James McMahon's Hornpipe / Sean Ryan's Hornpipe / [misspelled as:] Séan Rians / Trip to Vermont / Paddy O'Brien's (composed by Seán Ryan)

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
~195819#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Jimmy Hogan (accordion)..
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19994#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 Commane (concertina).
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~20043#2
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes).
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~20093#1
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle).
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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 #72 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As hp #46 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 23 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [available]
As tune #264 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): 1958