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Tune ID#388 (Cooley's Hornpipe)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley's Hornpipe about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cooley's Hornpipe / Joe Cooley's Hornpipe / Joe Cooley / Coolie's Hornpipe / Coolie's / Cornphíopa Cooley (also in A or D) (composed by Paddy O'Brien the elder, of Tipperary)

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
~195819#2
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. Jimmy Hogan (accordion)..
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19783#1
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle).
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~199313#1
[CPO] Eileen O'Brien and Willie Fogarty. The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien. Eileen O'Brien (fiddle), Willie Fogarty (accordion). For this tune: Willie Fogarty (accordion).
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~199314#2
[MB 2] Mary Bergin. Feadóga Stáin 2. Mary Bergin (whistle). For this tune: (E whistle).
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~19963#1
[PCln] Pat Cloonan. Pat Cloonan's Thanksgiving. Patrick Cloonan (accordion). For this tune: with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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~199714#2
[CBt] Celtic Beat. Traditional Music from Ireland. Davy Maguire (Bb whistle).
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~20036#1
[NCrg 3] North Cregg. Summer at My Feet. Ciarán Coughlan (piano, harmonium), Fiona Kelleher (vocals), Christy Leahy (accordion), Martin Leahy (drums, percussion), Paul Meehan (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Caoimhín Vallely (fiddle, piano). For this tune: (piano).
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~20054#1
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
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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 #74 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 201 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As hp #11 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As hp #58 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
On page 114 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1958