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Tune ID#394 (Copperplate)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Copperplate about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JDJO (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Copperplate, The / The Copper Plate / An Pláta Copair / The New Copperplate / New Copperplate / The Copperplate No. 1 (2nd in set Wellington Reels on IFM; 2nd in set Streams of Poolaphuca on OTUS2 track 13; 2nd in set Flogging Reel on OTUS2 track 15; 1st in set The Copperplates on Shskn 10 and on CMcN) (compare the Scottish reel Cabar Feidh)

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
192312#2
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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193215#2
[OTUS2] Oldtime Records. Vol. 2. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from 1923 to 1947. William Quinn and His Dublin Orchestra: William Quinn (accordion), unknown (fiddle, banjo).
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~193313#2
[OTUS2] Oldtime Records. Vol. 2. U.S. Recordings. Traditional Irish Recordings from 1923 to 1947. Edward Meehan's Rosaleen Orchestra: Eddie Meehan (accordion), unknown (fiddle).
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~195118#1
[AL] World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Ireland. Seamus Ennis (whistle).
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~19531#2
[JDJO] Joe Derrane and Jerry O'Brien. Irish Accordion Masters. Joe Derrane (accordion), Jerry O'Brien (accordion). For this tune: O'Brien, Derrane.
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~195810#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The Jimmy Hogan Trio.
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~19581.18#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: Ed Cahill (flute).
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~19593#2
[SE 1] Seamus Ennis. The Bonny Bunch of Roses. Seamus Ennis (pipes, whistle, vocals).
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196018#2
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina).
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~196928#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle), Michael Daly (flute).
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~197615#2
[GP] The Gentlemen Pipers. Classic Recordings of Irish Traditional Piping. Sean McAloon (pipes), John Rea (hammer dulcimer).
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~197717#2
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Charlie Coen (concertina).
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~19778#1
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (whistle).
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~198630#1
[CCssdy] Con Cassidy. Traditional Fiddle Music from Donegal. Con Cassidy (fiddle).
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19921.6#1
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
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~199316#1
[WU] Martin Mulhaire, Séamus Connolly, Jack Coen. Warming Up. Martin Mulhaire (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle), Jack Coen (flute).
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~199514#2
[WatReeds] Tommy Keane, Jacqueline McCarthy, with Alec Finn. The Wind among the Reeds. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle), Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina). For this tune: Jacqueline McCarthy (concertina).
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~199712#1
[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#4
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
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20001.14#3
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. Nóra Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Áine Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mac Dara Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Felim Ó Raghallaigh (flute), Micheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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20009#2
[MOR 1] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. The Nervous Man. Traditional Irish Music on Concertina. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~20028#2
[EON] Eoin O'Neill. In Session. Eoin O'Neill (bouzouki, fiddle). For this tune: Fred Samzun (fiddle), Eoin O'Neill (fiddle).
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200316#2
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
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~200313#1
[JCt 4] John Carty. At It Again. John Carty (fiddle).
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~200312#1
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (Bb pipes), (fiddle).
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~200713#1
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Eamonn Cotter (flute), Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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201211#1
[PDArcy] Patrick D'Arcy. Wallop the Spot. Patrick D'Arcy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).
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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 #65 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As tune #55 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
As reel #196 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #2 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 11 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 17 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #241 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #50 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): 1923