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Tune ID#427 (Cuckoo)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cuckoo about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (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):
Cuckoo, The / An Chuach / The Cuckoo Hornpipe / Cuckoo Hornpipe / The Cuckoo's Hornpipe / The Dublin Hornpipe / Cornphíopa Bhaile Átha Cliath / Murray's Fancy / Murray's Hornpipe / Michael Coleman's

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
19212.3#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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~19598#1
[SE 1] Seamus Ennis. The Bonny Bunch of Roses. Seamus Ennis (pipes, whistle, vocals). For this tune: (whistle).
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~19713#2
[ST BST] Seamus Tansey. [The Best of Seamus Tansey. Traditional Irish Flute]. Disc 1 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Seamus Tansey (flute).
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~19736#1
[JB 2] Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), with Charlie Lennon (piano).
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~19774#1
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
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~19788#2
[LCTM] Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire. Kiss Me Kate. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Tommy Maguire (accordion). For this tune: Tommy (accordion).
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~19808#2
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
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~199513#2
[CDrny 3] Chris Droney. The Fertile Rock. Chris Droney (accordion).
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19976#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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~19985#1
[JMcE] John McEvoy. Returning. John McEvoy (fiddle).
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~20004#2
[DH 3] Dan Herlihy and John Drew. The Ballydesmond Polka. Traditional Irish Music from Sliabh Luachra Played By Dan Herlihy and John Drew. Dan Herlihy (accordion), John Drew (mandocello).
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~20026#1
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
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~20029#2
[JFtg] Joe Fitzgerald. Hills of Clare. Joe Fitzgerald (accordion).
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~20062#2
[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle).
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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 #1725 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #307 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #92 in [A] Hugh McDermott. Allan's "Irish Fiddler." [available]
On page 115 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 203 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As hp #12 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 26 of [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As hp #13 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #267 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