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Tune ID#1814 (Sporting Paddy)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting Paddy about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording IDM 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Sporting Paddy / Sportin' Paddy / Sporting Pat / Pádraic Spóirtiúil / Padaí Spórtúil / Irish Pat / The Clare Reel (1st in set Donegal Reels on DD HR; 2nd in set Rathlin Island on SS 3; 2nd in set Island Paddy on Lu 5) (also in D, E, or F) (compare version from John Doherty #970 and compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Spoil the Dance #4347)

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
19381#1
[IDM 2] Past Masters of Irish Dance Music. Belhavel Trio: Joe Liddy (fiddle), Ned O'Gorman (pipes), Tom Liddy (accordion).
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19401#1
[TnRadio] Tuning the Radio. Kincora Céilí Band.
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~19612.11#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
Go to Album
~198611#2
[HMSP] Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, Terry Corcoran. Happy to Meet and Sorry to Part. Joe Burke (accordion), Michael Cooney (pipes, whistle), Terry Corcoran (guitar, vocals).
Go to Album
~19891.3#1
[JK 1] James Kelly. "Capel Street". James Kelly (fiddle).
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~19952#1
[DD HR] De Dannan. Hibernian Rhapsody. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Colm Murphy (bodhrán), Derek Hickey (accordion), Tommy Flemming (vocals).
Go to Album
~199511#1
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
Go to Album
19969#1
[AW] Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, with Felix Dolan. Atlantic Wave. Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion), James Keane (accordion). For this tune: James Keane (accordion).
Go to Album
~19977#2
[SS 3] Sharon Shannon. Each Little Thing. Sharon Shannon (accordion, fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (C whistle).
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~19972#2
[OHs 3] Kevin Burke's Open House. Hoof and Mouth. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mark Graham (harmonica, clarinet, vocals), Paul Kotapish (guitar, mandolin), Sandy Silva (feet).
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~199812#2
[Cian] Cian. Three Shouts from a Hill. Brian Duke (flute), Padraig Rynne (concertina), Tim Murry (guitar, vocals), Damien Quinn (bodhrán, percussion). For this tune: 1st time Brian (flute).
Go to Album
20002.11#1
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. young musicians of Ashbourne CCE.
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200112#1
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
Go to Album
~200114#1
[JCt 3] John Carty. Yeh, That's All It Is. John Carty (fiddle, guitar).
Go to Album
20035#2
[Lu 5] Lúnasa. The Kinnitty Sessions. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: Kevin Crawford (C whistle).
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~200912#1
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).
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~20099#1
[LmKlly] Liam Kelly. Sweetwood. Liam Kelly (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb 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 #133 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #201 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 58 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As tune #57 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 101 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #317 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #156 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): 1938