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Tune ID#1763 (Shepherd's Daughter)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Shepherd's Daughter about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording A RS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Shepherd's Daughter, The / The Sheperds Flock [The Shepherd's Flock] / Major Moran's / Merry Sisters / John Egan's (3rd in set John Egan's Reels on WaMoDub; 1st in set John Doherty's Reels on A RS) (compare Merry Sisters #6406 and compare with the 3rd and 2nd parts of Merry Sisters #1275, compare 1st part with 1st part of Traveller #3099 and with 1st part of #3165) (also 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
~19898#2
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Tommy Hunt (whistle).
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~19907#2
[VK 1] Vinnie Kilduff. The Boys from the Blue Hill. Vinnie Kilduff (whistle, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, bodhrán).
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~199210#2
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet).
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19958#3
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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19972#1
[A RS] Altan. Runaway Sunday. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, mandolin, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
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~20026#2 (1:40)
[Boh 3] Bohola. Bohola. Jimmy Keane (piano accordion), Sean Cleland (fiddle, viola, baritone fiddle), Pat Broaders (dordan, bouzouki, vocals).
Go to Album
20046#3
[RogRd] Jason O'Rourke and Ruadhraí O'Kane. Roguery Road. Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Ruadhraí O'Kane (fiddle).
Go to Album
201211#2
[CtNGn] Caitlín Nic Gabhann. Caitlín. Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina, dance).
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20122#2
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (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 #230 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
On page 105 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #13 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #119 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #721 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1968