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Tune ID#359 (Collier's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording LR 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):
Collier's Reel, The / The Colliers' Reel / The Collier's / The Colliers Reel / Colliers Reel / The Colliers / Colliers / Ríl an Ghualadóra / Ríl Collier / Cooley's Reel / Good Morrow Little Boy / Why She Couldn't Drink Her Tea (3rd in The Colliers' Set on CTL 8; 2nd in set Lucy Campbell on JnKlly and only 1st part appears there) (also in Major, also in G or A) (compare My Love Is in America #1391 and jig Do You Want Any More? #519)

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
194412#1
[LR 1] Leo Rowsome. Classics of Irish Piping. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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~195612#1
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals).
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197527#2 (1:18)
[JnKlly] John Kelly. Irish Traditional Concertina and Fiddle Music. John Kelly (concertina, fiddle). For this tune: (fiddle).
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~19786#1
[PJHrn 1] P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon). For this tune: (accordion).
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~19859#1
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with Alec Finn (bouzouki).
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~19861.8#2
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Neillidh Mulligan (C# pipes), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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198733#1
[WmSullvn] William Sullivan. Traditional Irish Music. William Sullivan (accordion).
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~198810#3
[SCnly 1] Séamus Connolly. Notes from My Mind. Séamus Connolly (fiddle). For this tune: with Liam O'Flynn (pipes).
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~19881#2
[SWW] Ronan Browne and Peter O'Loughlin. The South West Wind. Traditional Music from County Clare. Ronan Browne (pipes), Peter O'Loughlin (fiddle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
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~19904#1
[DMa] Declan Masterson. Deireadh an Fhómhair. End of the Harvest. Declan Masterson (pipes, whistle).
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19926#1
[MH 1] Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes. Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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19931#2
[MoD] Tony Mac Mahon, Noel Hill, Iarla Ó Lionáird. Music of Dreams. Tony Mac Mahon (accordion), Noel Hill (concertina), Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals).
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~19942#2
[PORda 1] Peadar Ó Riada. Amidst These Hills. Peadar Ó Riada (whistle, accordion, bones). For this tune: (concertina).
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~19985#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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20009#3
[CTL 8] Cherish the Ladies. The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Donna Long (piano, keyboards, vocals), Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, whistle), Deirdre Connolly (vocals, whistle, flute), Liz Knowles (fiddle).
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20011#2
[TrsCl] Turas Cheoil. A Musical Odyssey: A compilation of music from the traditional musicians of Toronto. Ena O'Brien (accordion), with Pat O'Gorman (flute), with large ceili band..
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20015#1
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
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~20021#1
[JFtg] Joe Fitzgerald. Hills of Clare. Joe Fitzgerald (accordion).
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~20041#2
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).
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~20045#1
[MRaf] Mike Rafferty. Speed 78. Mike Rafferty (flute, pipes).
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~20088#1
[BMc 2] Billy McComiskey. Outside the Box. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~20088#2
[UaC] Oisín and Conal Hernon. Up and Coming. Oisín Hernon (accordion, whistle), Conal Hernon (banjo, 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 #1404 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #646 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #37 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 17 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
On page 132 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 28 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
In [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 14 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As tune #128 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): 1903