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Tune ID#1581 (Pigeon on the Gate)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the Gate about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (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):
Pigeon on the Gate, The / Pigeon on the Gate / Pidgeon on the Gate / The Pidgeon on the Gate / A Pigeon on the Gate / An Colúr ar an nGeata / Pigeon on the Pier / The Pigeon on the Pier / Lagan Slashers / The Lagan Slashers / League and Slasher / The Athol Braes / The Scotch Braes / Reidy's Reel / The Drinking Reel / The Drunken Tailor / The Wandering Tinker / Gallagher's Best / The Swallowtail (1st in set The Pigeon on the Gate on MC and OTUS1; 2nd in set The Chattering Magpie on Ch 6; mislabeled as The Maid Behind the Barrel on FG 3; 3rd in The Taproom Set on CLnn 2; 2nd in set The Pigeon on the Gate on Fdl 2) (often in A; also in G or G Minor or G Mixolydian or D Dorian; quite a bit of variation in the 2nd part) (compare The Drunken Landlady #549 and compare 1st part with 1st part of Drunken Tailor #551)

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
~19042.15#1
[FONC] The Francis O'Neill Cylinders. Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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19222.13#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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19378#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Neil O'Boyle (fiddle).
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193915#1
[OTUS1] Oldtime Records. Vol. 1. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from the 1920's and 1930's. Hugh Gillespie (fiddle).
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~19506#1
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Felix Doran (pipes).
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195118#2
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Michael Gorman (fiddle), Mick Flynn (flute).
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~19571.13#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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19601.13#1
[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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19681.1#2
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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~19701#1
[FD 1] Finbarr Dwyer. [Finbarr Dwyer. Irish Traditional Accordionist]. Disc 2 of of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Finbarr Dwyer (accordion).
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~19731.8#2
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Joe Burke (accordion).
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~19752.17#1
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. John Whelan (accordion).
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~197511#1
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: John Whelan (accordion).
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~19761#2
[Ch 6] The Chieftains. 6. Bonaparte's Retreat. Paddy Moloney [misspelled as:] Maloney (pipes, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Potts (whistle, bodhrán), Martin Fay (fiddle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle). For this tune: 1st time Sean Keane (fiddle).
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~19779#2
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
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~197715#1
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
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~19772#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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~19777#1
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki).
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197810#1
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle). For this tune: Noel Hill (concertina).
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~19781#2
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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~19797#1
[BMu 1] Brendan Mulvihill, accompanied by Mick Moloney. The Flax in Bloom. Traditional Irish Music. Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mick Moloney (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin).
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~19791#1
[KB Pr] Kevin Burke, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Promenade. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, piano).
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~197919#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Jim Donoghue (C whistle).
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~198017#1
[ICTM] Ireland. Irlande. Aodha O Maoldhomhnaigh aka Hugh Mullowney (lilting).
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19821.26#2
[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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19871#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
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~19884#2
[LC 2] Liz Carroll. Liz Carroll. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
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~19885#1
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
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~198913#1
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
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199111#2
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Proinsias O Maonaigh, Máiréad Ní Mhaonaigh, Paula Doohan, Liz Doherty.
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19927#1
[CFF 1] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître. Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle). For this tune: Kevin Burke.
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~19944#1
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: (C#/G# concertina).
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~19946#2
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Declan Foley (fiddle), Andrew Davey (fiddle).
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~199516#3
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
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19968#1
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute).
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~19963#1
[DByrn] Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne. Dermot Byrne (accordion). For this tune: (melodeon).
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19972#2
[Dnu 1] Danú. Danú. Daire Bracken (fiddle), Brendan McCarthy (accordion), Donnchadh Gough (pipes, bodhrán), Tom Doorley (flute), Eamonn Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Timmy Murray (guitar), Cárthach Mac Craith (vocals). For this tune: Brendan (accordion).
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~19975#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
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~199713#1
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (A/E concertina).
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~199811#2
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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~19982.8#1
[JCrehan] Junior Crehan. The Last House in Ballymakea. Junior Crehan (fiddle, vocals, concertina). For this tune: Junior Crehan (fiddle).
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19991#2
[MOBAL] Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Rolston [sic]. Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Ralston. Michelle O'Brien (fiddle), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Gavin Ralston (guitar).
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~199912#1
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
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20011#1
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
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~200112#1
[KCrhn] Kevin Crehan. An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare. Kevin Crehan (fiddle).
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~20017#2
[KCrhn] Kevin Crehan. An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare. Kevin Crehan (fiddle).
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~20021.11#2
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Josie McDermott (flute).
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~20052.16#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. John Rynne (flute).
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~20071.15#3
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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~200714#1
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
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~200717#2
[MH 5] Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Welcome Here Again. Martin Hayes (fiddle, viola), Dennis Cahill (guitar, mandolin, bass).
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20083#4
[StGrmm 2] Stanley & Grimm. Another Round…. Nicole Engstrom aka Nikki Engstrom (fiddle), Sean Brennan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: with Susan Gedutis Lindsey (flute).
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~20099#2
[Fdl 2] Fidil. 3. Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle), Aidan O'Donnell (fiddle), Damien McGeehan (fiddle).
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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 #1406 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #648 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #168 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #169 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #59 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As tune #250(ii) in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 132 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 98 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #44 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On page 217 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #142 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #57 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #42 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 50 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 84 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #271 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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