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Tune ID#1649 (Ravelled Hank of Yarn)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Ravelled Hank of Yarn about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WC 2 (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):
Ravelled Hank of Yarn, The / Ravelled Hank of Yarn / The Raveled Hank of Yarn / An Ceirtlín Snáithe in Aimhréidh / Tangled Hank of Yarn / Íorna ar Aimhréidhe / The Peeler's Jacket / Ríl Mhichíl Uí Cheithearnaigh / Michael Carney's Reel / Michael Carney's / Carney's / Gilbert Clancy's / Fulham Broadway (1st in set The Sister Reels on JnKlly) (also 2nd part or both parts doubled)

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
192919#1
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. Michael Carney (pipes), James Morrison (fiddle).
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19602.8#2
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Willie Clancy (pipes).
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~196921#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Micheal Daly (flute).
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197311#3
[WC 2] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 1. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
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197512#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
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197523#1
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
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~1989A.1#3
[Bx] Boxty. Boxty. Christine Dowling (flute, vocals, concertina), Martin Dowling (fiddle), Bob Newton (mandocello).
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~19934#1
[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
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199711#2
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
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~19972#2
[TMcCrthy] Tommy McCarthy. Sporting Nell. Tommy McCarthy (concertina, pipes, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
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20005#2
[CTL 8] Cherish the Ladies. The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Donna Long (piano, keyboards, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, whistle), Deirdre Connolly (vocals, whistle, flute), Liz Knowles (fiddle).
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20016#2
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle).
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~20022.10#3
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Anthony Quigney (flute).
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~20071.6#2
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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~20101#2
[NcGvsky] NicGaviskey. Home away from Home. Sean Gavin (flute), Bernadette Nic Gabhann (fiddle), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina), Sean 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 #2 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #102 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 308 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
As reel #280 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #238 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #114 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1929