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Tune ID#1394 (Navvy on the Line)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Navvy on the Line about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 1 (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):
Navvy on the Line, The / The Navvy on the Shore / Navvy on the Shore / The Pride of Cloontia / Péarla na gCluainte / The Pride of Cluinte / Paddy Jim Frank / Paddy Jim Frank's (usually doubled, also parts reversed)

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
19757#1
[BB 1] The Bothy Band. 1975. The First Album. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Donal Lunny (bouzouki, vocals), Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill (harpsichord, bodhrán, vocals), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar, vocals).
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19841#1
[DMeehan] Danny Meehan. Navvy on the Shore. Danny Meehan (fiddle).
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~19985#2
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals). For this tune: Kevin Henry (flute).
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200110#3
[CFF 3] Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian Lemaître. Rendezvous. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle). For this tune: Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~200312#2
[JCt 4] John Carty. At It Again. John Carty (fiddle).
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~20105#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 #195 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 93 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #8 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #239 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): 1966