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Tune ID#130 (Return from Fingal)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Return from Fingal about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
March32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Return from Fingal, The / Fingal March / The Battle of Aughrim / The March to the Battle (2nd in set The Battle of Clontarf on OTPR; 2nd in set The Battle of Aughrim on Ch 4; 2nd in set The Lament for the Battle of Aughrim on ST KCF) (also in A)

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
193110#2
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. The Fingal Trio: James Ennis (pipes), Frank O'Higgins (fiddle), John "Jake" Cawley (flute).
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194813#1
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
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~19735#2 (2:00)
[Ch 4] The Chieftains. 4. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
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~197311#1
[SE 2] Seamus Ennis. The Pure Drop. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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~19766#2
[ST KCF] Séamus Tansey. King of the Concert Flute. Remastered. Séamus Tansey (flute).
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~199311#2
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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~200110#1
[Lu 3] Lúnasa. The Merry Sisters of Fate. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
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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 #1816 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #216 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #80 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #18 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On page 37 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As misc #8 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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