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Tune ID#2055 (Wheels of the World)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Wheels of the World about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording WW 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Wheels of the World, The / Rothaí an Domhain / [misspelled as:] Wheel of the World / [mislabeled on the seminal 1930 recording by James Morrison as:] Rakish Paddy (2nd in set Boy in the Boat on LzKnls 2) (also in C)

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
192912#2
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Francis Cashin (fiddle), Tom Cawley (fiddle).
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19302#2
[WW 1] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 1. James Morrison (fiddle).
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~19591.8#1
[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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~19602.1#3
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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~197511#2
[SK 1] Seán Keane. Gusty's Frolicks. Seán Keane (fiddle).
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~19763#1
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
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~19781#3
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~197818#2
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (accordion).
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200110#1
[JBC] Johnny B. Connolly. Bridgetown. Johnny B. Connolly (accordion).
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~200110#1
[FG 6] Frankie Gavin. Fierce Traditional. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute). For this tune: (fiddles).
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20089#2
[RBys 3] Randal Bays. Dig with It. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar, harp).
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~20083#1
[TDeM] Tony DeMarco. The Sligo Indians. Tony DeMarco (fiddle). For this tune: with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
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~20105#2
[LzKnls 2] Liz Knowles. Making Time. Liz Knowles (fiddle, strings).
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~20117#2
[SailCrvt] Paddy O'Brien, Tom Schaefer, Paul Wehling, Erin Hart. The Sailor's Cravat. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tom Schaefer (fiddle), Paul Wehling (bouzouki), Erin Hart (vocals).
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~20116#2
[FlgMem] Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington, Jim Higgins. Flagstone Memories. Orla Harrington (fiddle), Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), Jim Higgins (piano, percussion).
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~201210#1
[A PG] Altan. Gleann Nimhe - The Poison Glen. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, mandolin), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, vocals), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Dermot Byrne (accordion).
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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 #168 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #43 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As tune #14 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
On page 290 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 117 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #349 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #266 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1929