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Tune ID#1770 (Silver Spear)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver Spear about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 6 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Silver Spear, The / An Silver Spear / Silver Spear / Old Silver Spear / The Silver Tip / Sliabh Bána / An tSleá Airgid / Silver Spire / The Top of the Cliff / Miss Lane's Fancy / The New Mown Meadows / New Mown Meadows / Anderson's (2nd in set Miss McClouds Reels on ESL 1, which in turn is mislabeled as The Belburry Hills; 3rd in set The Silver Spire on ADB; for 3rd figure of Connemara Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in G or A) (compare The New-Mown Meadows #1409)

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
194922#3
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Seán Seery (pipes).
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195920#1
[SE 6] Séamus Ennis. The Return from Fingal. Séamus Ennis (pipes, vocals). For this tune: (C# pipes).
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196012#2
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina). For this tune: with Denis Murphy (fiddle).
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196025#2
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina). For this tune: with Aggie White (fiddle).
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~196913#1
[FFurey] Finbar Furey. Traditional Irish Pipe Music. Finbar Furey (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
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~19771#3
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted).
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~19779#1
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted).
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~19797#4
[KB Pr] Kevin Burke, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Promenade. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, piano).
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199310#3
[MoD] Tony Mac Mahon, Noel Hill, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Music of Dreams. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion), Noel Hill (concertina), Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals).
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~199314#3
[SSt] The Sound of Stone. Artists for Mullaghmore. Moving Cloud.
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~199319#1
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Maureen Doherty Macken (flute), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Mary Coogan (banjo).
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~199316#2
[WU] Martin Mulhaire, Séamus Connolly, Jack Coen. Warming Up. Martin Mulhaire (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle), Jack Coen (flute).
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199512#2
[JK 2] James Kelly and Zan McLeod. The Ring Sessions. James Kelly (fiddle), Zan McLeod (guitar, bouzouki).
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~19969#3
[ADB] Mighty Session! Derek Hickey (accordion), Cian O'Sullivan (flute).
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~199613#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
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199812#2
[LMlltt 1] Larry Mallette and Friends. 'Til Time Is No More. Larry Mallette (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with Diehl Moran (fiddle).
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~19982.10#2
[ESL 1] An Evening in Sliabh Luachra. Volume One. A Collection of Traditional Music and Song from the Sliabh Luachra Area. Joe O'Sullivan (flute), Tim Keily (guitar), Norma Boyle (bodhrán).
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~199821#1
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~19991#3
[OMT] Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, and Zan McLeod. One More Time. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), and Zan McLeod (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bass). For this tune: Billy, Brendan.
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~199911#2
[SN 2] Sliabh Notes. Gleanntán. Dónal Murphy (accordion), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals), Matt Cranitch (fiddle).
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20002.1#3
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. various.
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20004#1
[SkHly 3] Skip Healy. Purgatory Chasm. Skip Healy (flute).
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~200012#1
[LC 3] Liz Carroll. Lost in the Loop. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
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~200012#2
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon).
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~20012.8#1
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Skip Healy (flute).
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~20021#2
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
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~20021#2
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle).
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~20037#1
[JCt 4] John Carty. At It Again. John Carty (fiddle).
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~200315#1
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: 1st time Mick O'Brien (Bb pipes).
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~200415#2
[JCnly 3] Johnny Connolly. An Mileoidean Scaoilte. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
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20093#3
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Colm Healy, Eric Healy, Kieran Hehir, Seanie McGrath.
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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 #141 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #2 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On pages 35, 49, 63 of [TS] Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style.
As reel #43 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #39 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 57 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 97 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #311 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #158 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #21 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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): 1949