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Tune ID#3394 (John Brennan's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of John Brennan's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PS 6 (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):
John Brennan's / John Brennan from Sligo / Seán Ó Braonáin as Sligeach / John Brennans / John Brennans Reel / Brennan's Fancy / Brennan's / Richard Brennan's / McAuliffe's (compare reversed parts to #3443)

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
199712#3
[PS 6] Patrick Street. Made in Cork. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, vocals), Ged Foley (guitar, backing vocals).
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~199723#2
[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).
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~19992#2
[JOH 1] John O'Halloran. "But Why, Johnny?". John O'Halloran (accordion). For this tune: (C melodeon), with Martin Murray (banjo).
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~20002#3
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
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200212#1
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
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~20061#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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20125#2
[JKn 7] James Keane. Heir of the Dog. James Keane (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 #160 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #10 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #26 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #111 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #152 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #182 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As tune #14 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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