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Tune ID#391 (Cooley's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley'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 TJC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Cooley's / Cooley's Reel / Joe Cooley's Reel / Ríl Joe Cooley / Joe Cooley's / Cooleys / The Tulla Reel / Ríl na Tulaí / Luttrell's Pass / Fiddler Leahy's / Fiddler Leahy's Reel (for 7th figure of Taille Mhara Jig Set on MISD 7; 1st in set An Ceoltóir on MDOSe; 3rd in set The Cooley Set on MOCCH 1) (also in D Minor; also with a 3rd part on MGm, where this tune is presented as a Michael Gorman composition named Put the Cake in the Dresser) (composed by Joe Mills?)

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
19581.22#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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~1973A.7#2
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others..
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19765#4
[BB 6] The Bothy Band. Live in Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Peter Browne (pipes), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar).
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197812#2
[NHTL] Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill and Tony Linnane. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle). For this tune: with Matt Molloy (flute).
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19861#1
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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~199311#2
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: with Mary Coogan (banjo), Maureen Doherty Macken (flute).
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~199411#5
[NMCMM] The Northern Meeting. Celtic Music in Milwaukee.
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19969#1
[TCB 3] The Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years. P. J. Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Francis Donnellan (fiddle), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), J. J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), Jim Corry (piano), Michael Flanigan (drums).
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~1996B.7#2
[MISD 7] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 7. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
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~199724#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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~19984#1
[JCnly 2] Johnny Connolly. Drioball na Fáinleoige. Johnny Connolly (melodeon, accordion, vocals). For this tune: (melodeon).
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~19988#1 (1:04)
[MDOSe] Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Ó Chicago go Carrachán. Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé (accordion, vocals). For this tune: with Caoimhín Ó Sé (flute).
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~20029#2
[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Brandons Fiddle Orchestra.
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~20059#1
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (banjo).
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200812#2
[StGrmm 2] Stanley & Grimm. Another Round…. Nicole Engstrom aka Nikki Engstrom (fiddle), Sean Brennan (guitar, vocals).
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~200813#3
[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa).
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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 #200 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 74 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #7 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 87 of [SLoP] Paul Deloughery. Sliabh Luachra on Parade.
As tune #170 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
As tune #27 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 9 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
On page 16 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #46 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #49 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As tune #78 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 58 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