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Tune ID#1798 (South Wind)

Transcription of first 2 bars of South Wind about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Air32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
South Wind / The South Wind / Southwind / The Southern Breeze / The Wind from the South / An Ghaoth Aneas / An Gaoth Aneas / An Gaoth Andheas / Gaoith ua n-Dheas / I Have a Secret to Tell Thee (also in A or F; as song on GFA included here) (also in Dá mBeadh agam ór #3684) (composed by Donall Meidhreach Mac Conmara / Dómhnall Méirgeach Mac Con Mara ?)

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
~19738#1
[Ch 3] The Chieftains. 3. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones). For this tune: 1st time Michael Tubridy (concertina).
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~197612#1
[SotC] Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh Pipers' Club [Song of the Chanter]. Disc 10 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Paul Davis (concertina, flutes, harmonica), Eithne Vallelly (fiddle), Pat Daly (harp), Brian Vallelly (pipes, whistle, flute), Niall Vallelly (bodhran).
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~19762.1#1
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. 1st time [Pat Daly] harp, then with [Paul Davis] (flute) and Brian Vallely (pipes).
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19884#1
[GFA] The Green Fields of America. Live in Concert. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, tres, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, synthesizers, vocals), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán, tres). For this tune: Mick Moloney (vocals).
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199511#1
[JMd 2] Joanie Madden. Song of the Irish Whistle. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, percussion). For this tune: (whistle).
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~19973#2
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle).
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200017#1
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute).
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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 #510 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #79 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #6 in volume 1 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
On page 263 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As waltz #5 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #91 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session 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): 1903