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Tune ID#1774 (Skylark)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Skylark about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JC (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):
Skylark, The / Skylark / The Lark / An Fhuiseog / Paddy Gardiner's Favorite (also in C) (composed by James Morrison)

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
193517#1
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. James Morrison (fiddle).
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~195816#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
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~196211#2
[BG 1] Bobby Gardiner. Memories of Clare. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
Go to Album
~19633#2
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion). For this tune: with Joe Leary (fiddle).
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19657#2
[TMC] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
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~19712.12#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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~19716#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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~1973A.6#1
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others..
Go to Album
19784#1
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle).
Go to Album
~19835#2
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
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198612#5
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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199213#2
[ScE] Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O'Sullivan. Scéal Eile. Gerry Harrington (fiddle), Eoghan O'Sullivan (accordion). For this tune: Eoghan (accordion), Gerry (fiddle).
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~19949#2
[NMCMM] The Northern Meeting. Celtic Music in Milwaukee. Ríra.
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~19985#2
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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20002.8#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. various.
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~200210#1
[BRny 2] Brian Rooney. Leitrim to London. Brian Rooney (fiddle, accordion).
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~20052.2#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Ciarán Somers (flute).
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~200612#2
[MSHtn 2] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Blue Skies Above. Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Matt Heaton (guitar, bouzouki, mandola, bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: (Bb whistle).
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~200815#1
[RossBr] Ben Lennon and Tony O'Connell. Rossinver Braes. Ben Lennon (fiddle), Tony O'Connell (concertina).
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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 #156 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 21 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As reel #212 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #33 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 58 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 98 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #313 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #80 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): 1935