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Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#1869 (Around the World for Sport)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Around the World for Sport about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording CC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Around the World for Sport / Round the World for Sport / Around the World / The Sword in Hand / Sword in Hand / An Claíomh I Láimh / The Cork Lasses / Cork Lasses / Conolon's Dream / Conlan's Dream / The Little Pig Lamenting the Empty Trough / Little Pig Lamenting the Empty Trough / Sally on the Shore (2nd in set Ollie Conway's Selection on CC) (compare Rambler in Cork #5026)

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
~19192#1
[PT] Patsy Touhey. The Piping of Patsy Touhey. Patsy Touhey (pipes).
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19745#2
[CC] Bernard O'Sullivan and Tommy McMahon. Clare Concertinas. Bernard O'Sullivan (concertina), Tommy McMahon (concertina) except where solos noted. For this tune: Tommy.
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19757#1
[Chi] Traditional Irish Music in America. Chicago. John McGreevy (fiddle), Eleanor Neary (piano).
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19773#2
[BB 3] The Bothy Band. Out of the Wind into the Sun. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, synthesizer), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar).
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197710#2
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
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197816#2
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
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~19782.18#2
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Bothy Band.
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~19858#1
[CW] Matt Molloy and Sean Keane. Contentment Is Wealth. Matt Molloy (flute), Sean Keane (fiddle).
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19985#2
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Seán Keane (fiddle).
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200210#2
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
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~20068#1
[DCB 1] The Doon Céilí Band. Around the World for Sport. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Kate Dowling (flute), Laura MacKenzie (flute), Brian Miller (flute), Jode Dowling (fiddle), Django Amerson (fiddle), Sean Egan (piano).
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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 #144 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #28 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #17 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As tune #63 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 105 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #4 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #254 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1919