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Tune ID#552 (Yellow Tinker)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Yellow Tinker about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording PitS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABCG Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Yellow Tinker, The / Yellow Tinker / Yellow Tinker #2 (also in A) (compare 1st part with 1st part of -- and much more distantly also 2nd part with the 2nd part of -- #2088)

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
196710#1
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Sean O'Shea (fiddle), Bobby Casey (fiddle).
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~19819#2
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (E flute).
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~19857#1
[IT 3] The Irish Tradition. The Times We've Had. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Mulvihill (fiddle), Andy O'Brien (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~198516#1
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~199113#2
[TKn] Tommy Keane. The Piper's Apron. Tommy Keane (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes), with Jacqueline McCarthy (pipes).
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199612#2
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute). For this tune: Kevin Moloney (fiddle).
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~19965#1
[Sol 1] Solas. Solas. Seamus Egan (flute, whistle, guitar, pipes, bodhrán, vocals), Karan Casey (vocals), John Doyle (guitar, vocals), Winifred Horan (fiddle, vocals), John Williams (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: Seamus Egan (flute).
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~19961#1
[JB 4] Joe Burke, Charlie Lennon. The Bucks of Oranmore. Joe Burke (accordion), Charlie Lennon (piano).
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~19977#2
[NaCnn 1] Na Connerys. Celtic Sessions. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Sean Og Potts (pipes, whistle), John Regan (accordion), John Wynne (flute), Tom McDonagh (bouzouki), Mark Kelly (guitar).
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~200316#1
[MatH] Brendan Bulger, Marty Fahey, Kathleen Gavin. Music at the House. Brendan Bulger (fiddle), Marty Fahey (accordion, piano), Kathleen Gavin (piano).
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~20052.2#1
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. Ciarán Somers (flute).
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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 reel #201 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #18 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #100 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 106 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As tune #153 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 120 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #356 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #271 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1959