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Tune ID#208 (Boys of Malin)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of Malin about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FS (track 1) (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABCA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Boys of Malin, The / Boys of Malin / Buachaillí Mhálanna (5th in set The Conglomeration on CR 1; as unlisted tune following Paddy Fahey's on AbsIr) (also in Dorian)

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
~19786#4
[DD 2] De Danann. The Star Spangled Molly. Jackie Daly (accordion), Alec Finn (bouzouki, guitar), Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute), Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh (bodhrán, bones), Charlie Piggot (banjo), Maura O'Connell (vocals).
Go to Album
19911#1
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin.
Go to Album
199112#3
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Paula Doohan, Liz Doherty.
Go to Album
199119#3
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal.
Go to Album
199110#1
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
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~199211#5
[CR 1] Craobh Rua. The More That's Said the Less the Better. Mark Donnelly (pipes, whistle), Michael Cassidy (fiddle), Brian Connolly (banjo, mandolin, bodhrán), Jim Byrne (guitar, mandola, vocals).
Go to Album
200318#3
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
Go to Album
20055#2
[BLch 2] Brendan P. Lynch. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music from the Heart of Fingal. Brendan P. Lynch (fiddle).
Go to Album
200714#5
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Mac Benford (banjo, vocals), Darrah Carr (feet), Liz Carroll (fiddle), Karan Casey (vocals), Brendan Dolan (piano), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Seamus Egan (banjo, flute), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Rhys Jones (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Susan McKeown (vocals), Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (vocals, guitar), Niall O'Leary (feet), Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle), Mike Rafferty (flute), Athena Tergis (fiddle).
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~200712#1
[PS 9] Patrick Street. On the Fly. Kevin Burke (fiddle), John Carty (fiddle, flute, banjo), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals). For this tune: with Jackie Daly (accordion).
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~20089#2
[TndUp] Brendan Mulholland, Brendan Hendry, Paul McSherry. Tuned Up. Brendan Mulholland (flute), Brendan Hendry (fiddle), Paul McSherry (guitar).
Go to Album

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 #132 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #130 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #61 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As reel #8 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 9 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #23 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1965