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Tune ID#133 (Beare Island Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Beare Island Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB Pt (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Beare Island Reel, The / Bere Island / The Bear Island Reel / Ríl Bhéarra / Ríl Bheara / Béara Reel / The Bearhaven Lasses / Fahy's Reel (composed by Finbar Dwyer, although M2 claims Paddy Fahy)

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
~19829#2
[KB Pt] Kevin Burke and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Portland. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, harmonium).
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19984#3
[KB IC] Kevin Burke. In Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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199912#2
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki).
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20009#3
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~200913#4
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano). For this tune: 2nd time Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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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 #43 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #184 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 3 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #11 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): 1974