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Tune ID#1277 (Tinker's Stick)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tinker's Stick about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MM 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tinker's Stick, The / Bata an Tincéara / Tinkers Stick / The Tinkers Stick / The New Policeman / An Garda Nua / The Twin Brothers / The Twin Brothers' Reel / The Twinbrothers' Reel / Boil the Kettle Early / Lady Cork's Reel / Paddy Bolster's Reel / The Far Field / Michael Dwyer's Favourite / The Reel of Rio / The Cloontia Reel (mislabeled as Stony Steps on MM 3; 3rd in Turkey in the Straw Medley on AtR 2) (also in A) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Ambrose Moloney's #2127 and with 1st part of Major Moran's #4504)

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
~196936#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Micheal Joe McDonagh (fiddle).
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~19876#1
[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
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~199115#1
[MV] Maiden Voyage. Live Traditional Irish Music Session from Pepper's Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare. Joe Bane (whistle).
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~199813#2
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: with Maggie Healy (flute).
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~199815#2
[MMR 2] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Old Fireside Music. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle). For this tune: Mary (accordion), Mike (flute).
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~19992.7#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Kevin Henry (flute), Maggie Healy (flute).
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20001.2#3
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. John Carty (fiddle), Anne-Marie McGowan (fiddle), Patsy Hanley (flute).
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~20015#3
[AtR 2] At the Racket. Mirth-Making Heroes. John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Brian McGrath (banjo, piano, keyboards), Seamus O'Donnell (flute, saxophone, vocals), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano), Brid Dooley (vocals). For this tune: Seamus (vocals).
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20023#1
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray…. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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20076#2
[PotW] John Wynne and John McEvoy. Pride of the West. John Wynne (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle). For this tune: John McEvoy (fiddle).
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~20107#1
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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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 #1237 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #511 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #99 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 102 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #96 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #78 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #89 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): 1903