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Tune ID#198 (Boy in the Boat)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boy in the Boat about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording NF (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):
Boy in the Boat, The / An Buachaill sa mBád / Boy in the Boat / The Little Boy in the Boat (3rd in set McElvogue's on TOCAM; 1st in set: Boy in the Boat on LzKnls 2) (also in G)

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
~1978B.4#1
[NF] Joe Shannon, Johnny McGreevy. The Noonday Feast. Joe Shannon (pipes), Johnny McGreevy (fiddle). For this tune: Joe Shannon (pipes).
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~199720#1
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
Go to Album
~19982#2
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
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~20054#3
[TOCAM] Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow. Tony O'Connell and Andy Morrow with Arty McGlynn. Tony O'Connell (concertina), Andy Morrow (fiddle).
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200614#2
[MMrch 2] Marcas Ó Murchú. Turas Ceoil. Marcas Ó Murchú (flute, whistle). For this tune: (D flute), with Oisín (fiddle).
Go to Album
~200611#2
[Lu 6] Lúnasa. . Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle).
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~200611#3
[Tda 3] Téada. Inné Amárach. Seán McElwain (guitar, bouzouki, banjo), Damien Stenson (flute), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, piano), Paul Finn (accordion).
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~201015#1
[MCny 2] Michael Cooney. Just Piping. Michael Cooney (pipes).
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~20105#1
[LzKnls 2] Liz Knowles. Making Time. Liz Knowles (fiddle, strings).
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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 #173 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #24 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle. [available]
As reel #220 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #19 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #129 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #47 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): 1963