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Tune ID#321 (Christmas Eve)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Christmas Eve about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JK 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Christmas Eve / Tommy Coen's No. 1 / Tommy Coen's #1 / Tommy Coen's Reel / Ríl Thomáis Uí Chomhain / Tommy Coen's (for 2nd figure of Connemara Set on JRSLCB 2) (also singled, also in A) (composed by Tommy Coen)

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
19942.2#3
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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19954#2
[JK 2] James Kelly and Zan McLeod. The Ring Sessions. James Kelly (fiddle), Zan McLeod (guitar, bouzouki).
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~19979#2
[CBt] Celtic Beat. Traditional Music from Ireland. Davy Maguire (flute).
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~199820#3
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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200114#1
[IBrgd 10] The Irish Brigade (and Friends). Live at the Half Time Rec. Mike Wallace (guitar, bodhrán, bass, vocals), Sean Conway (flute, whistle, guitar, vocals), John Wright (bass), Karie Oberg (vocals), Mike Ryan (dumbek). For this tune: Sean Conway (flute).
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~200614#3
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Andi (fiddle), Beanie Odell (fiddle).
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20099#1
[CTL 12] Cherish the Ladies. A Star in the East. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mirella Murray (accordion), Roisin Dillon (fiddle), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals), Michelle Burke (vocals, harmony vocals). For this tune: 1st time Mary Coogan (guitar).
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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 #140 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #10 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 27 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As tune #52 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 8 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 13 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #38 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #163 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1960