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Tune ID#376 (Congress Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Congress 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 ECst (track 1, 1st tune) (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Congress Reel, The / The Congress / An Chomhdháil / Ríl an Chomhthionóil (composed by Joe Mills in 1932)

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
~19506#2
[OTPR] Oldtime Records. Vol. 3. Piping Rarities. Felix Doran (pipes).
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~19771#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Sean McGlynn (accordion), Mike Flynn (flute), Jack Coen (flute).
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~197719#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Paddy Cronin (flute).
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~197711#1
[FG 1] Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, whistle), Alec Finn (bouzouki). For this tune: (whistle).
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~19781#2
[Dbl] Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan. Doublin'. Paddy Glackin (fiddle, viola), Paddy Keenan (pipes).
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~197812#1
[IT 2] The Irish Tradition. The Corner House. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Billy McComiskey (concertina).
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19941.1#3
[BPower] Brendan Power. New Irish Harmonica. Brendan Power (harmonica).
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19952#3
[JK 2] James Kelly and Zan McLeod. The Ring Sessions. James Kelly (fiddle), Zan McLeod (guitar, bouzouki).
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19973#3
[OAces] O'Aces. Ón Oíche go Maidin. Martin Dowling (fiddle), Davy Maguire (flute), Jason O'Rourke (concertina), Kevin Dorris (bouzouki), Paul McSherry (guitar).
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~19978#1
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. The Irish Tradition.
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~199813#1
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Clare Shout. Bobby Gardiner (melodeon, lilting). For this tune: (lilting).
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~199811#3
[KH] Kieran Hanrahan. Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo).
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19991#1
[GCJR] Gerard Commane and Joe Ryan with Eoin O'Neill. Two Gentlemen of Clare Music. Gerard Commane (concertina), Joe Ryan (fiddle).
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~200516#1
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
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20119#3
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: 1st time Judd Heartsill (accordion).
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201314#2
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: with Laura (flute).
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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 #122 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 73 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #54 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #36 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 6 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 16 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #42 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #9 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
In [LM] L[arry]. E. McCullough. ? [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): 1950