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Tune ID#1746 (Happy Days of Youth)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Happy Days of Youth about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CmA 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):
Happy Days of Youth, The / The Happy Days of Yore / The Happy Bloom of Youth / Laethanta Sona na hÓige / Sean McKenna's No 2 / McKenna's No. 2 (2nd in set Sean McKenna's on ST BST; 2nd in set McKenna's on WC 3; 2nd in set Sean McKenna's Reels on FTIM; 2nd in set John McKenna's Reels on WyndTrn; 2nd in set McKenna's Reels on MMlvy and on MaRaf) (compare 1st part with 1st part of May Bán #6413)

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
~19593#2
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Mike Gorman aka Mick Gorman (flute), Edmund Murphy aka Ed Murphy (fiddle).
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~197111#2
[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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~19711.12#2
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Seamus Tansey (flute).
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19733#2
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
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197317#2
[KB SD] Kevin Burke. Sweeney's Dream. Fiddle Tunes from County Sligo, Ireland. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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19834#2
[FG 2] Frankie Gavin. Croch Suas É. Up and Away. Frankie Gavin (flute, fiddle, whistle, accordion). For this tune: (flute).
Go to Album
19951#2
[DRuss] Dale Russ. Irish Fiddle. Dale Russ (fiddle).
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~19976#2
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle). For this tune: (flute).
Go to Album
~199923#2
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Gregory Daly (flute), with Ted McGowan (bodhrán).
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~20023#2
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
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~200314#2
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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~20041.5#2
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Brian Lennon (flute).
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~20071.13#2
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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~20116#1
[Bua 3] Bua. Down the Green Fields. Devin Shepherd (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute, pipes, whistle), Brían Ó hAirt (vocals, concertina, dance), Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki).
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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 #1311 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #574 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 75 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #28 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 116 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #74 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): 1903