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Tune ID#474 (Dawn)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Dawn about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Dawn, The / Bánú an Lae / Breacadh an Lae / Miller's Reel / The Miller's Reel / Miller's / Fáinne an Lae / The Dawning of the Day (also in G or D) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Twilight in Portroe #2851)

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
192920#1
[BFair] Ballinasloe Fair. Early Recordings of Irish Music in America. Neil Nolan (banjo).
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19472#1
[GD] From Galway to Dublin. Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
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19612.21#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Joe Burke (accordion).
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~196210#1
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion).
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~19775#2
[DODnl] Danny O'Donnell. Ón tSean-Am Anall. Danny O'Donnell (fiddle).
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~19833#2
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
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~19935#3
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
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~20025#3
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle). For this tune: with Andy McGann (fiddle), Pat Mangan (fiddle).
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~200516#3
[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 #52 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 189 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As reel #29 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 15 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 20 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.

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): 1929