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Tune ID#1672 (Richard Dwyer's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Richard Dwyer's 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 PCt (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Richard Dwyer's Reel / [misspelled as:] Richard Dwyers / Richie Dwyer's Reel / Michael Dwyer (3rd in set Micho Russells on SS 3) (composed by Richard Dwyer aka Richie Dwyer)

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
~19732.14#1
[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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~19738#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: Joe Burke (accordion).
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~19755#1
[PCt] Paddy Carty. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Carty (flute).
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~19938#1
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle).
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19953#1
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
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19975#2
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Frankie Gavin (fiddle).
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~199710#3
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: with Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Michelle O'Brien (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 #31 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #2 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
On page 90 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #287 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #241 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #185 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1973