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Tune ID#1664 (Reel of Rio)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Reel of Rio about these two bars
These two bars are quoted from the transcription in the book SR (details in the Bibliography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Reel of Rio, The / Reel of Rio / The Road to Rio / The Rockey Road / McCollam's Fancy (2nd in set The Old School House on KCB 6) (presumably accidentally titled on OHrth as The Reel of Bogie) (also in F) (compare #4609) (composed by Seán Ryan)

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
~197112#1
[ST BST] Seamus Tansey. [The Best of Seamus Tansey. Traditional Irish Flute]. Disc 1 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Seamus Tansey (flute).
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~19712.8#2
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Kevin Loughlin (accordion).
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~19712#2
[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: Kevin Loughlin (accordion).
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~19745#2
[KCB 3] [The Kilfenora Ceili Band]. [The Kilfenora Céilí Band].
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~19861.3#2
[MMulv 2] Martin Mulvihill. The Humors of Glin. Martin Mulvihill (fiddle). For this tune: with Donie (flute).
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19883#2
[GFA] The Green Fields of America. Live in Concert. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, tres, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, synthesizers, vocals), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán, tres). For this tune: Mick Moloney (mandolin).
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~200215#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
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~20021#1
[CaBrdg] Niall and Cillian Vallely. Callan Bridge. Niall Vallely (concertina), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (concertina), (pipes).
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~20023#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
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~20046#2
[OHrth] Mary Mac Namara, Andrew Mac Namara. Open Hearth. Mary Mac Namara (concertina), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
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~20061#2
[MSHtn 2] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Blue Skies Above. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, bouzouki, mandola, bodhrán, vocals).
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~20075#4
[KB ABR] Kevin Burke and Cal Scott. Across the Black River. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Cal Scott (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer). For this tune: with Johnny B. Connolly (accordion), Michael McGoldrick (flute).
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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 #42 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #125 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 28 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
On page 25 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [available]
As tune #17 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 326 of [CITM] Fintan Vallely. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. [available]
As reel #292 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #57 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 100 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1971