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Tune ID#566 (Earl's Chair)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Earl's Chair about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KB Cap (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Earl's Chair, The / Earl's Chair / Cathaoir an Iarla / Down between the Two Derryoobers (in set Lily of the West on MSHtn 4) (also in C Major) (composed by Patrick "Pakie" or "Patto" Moloney)

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
~19591#3
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle).
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~195910#3
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with P.J. Hayes.
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19601.17#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Sean McLaughlin (fiddle).
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~19602.2#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
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~19788#4 (4:44)
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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19868#3
[PS 1] Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn. Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
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~19942#3
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina).
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~199724#3
[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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19981#1
[Lgcy] Legacy. Navan. Don Penzien (guitar, vocals, whistle), Valerie Plested (fiddle), Beth Patterson (bouzouki, vocals), Justin Murphy (flute, whistle).
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199810#3
[KB IC] Kevin Burke. In Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Martin Hayes.
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200015#2
[INS] Hammy Hamilton, Séamus Creagh, Con Ó Drisceoil. It's No Secret. Hammy Hamilton (flute, vocals), Séamus Creagh (fiddle, vocals), Con Ó Drisceoil (accordion, vocals, piano).
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~20004#2
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
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~200012#2
[LC 3] Liz Carroll. Lost in the Loop. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
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~20052.4#2
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. JP Downes (flute).
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20081#2 (1:56)
[MSHtn 4] Matt and Shannon Heaton. Lovers' Well. Shannon Heaton (vocals, flute, whistle), Matt Heaton (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán). For this tune: (Eb 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.
On page 67 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #142 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #6 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 20 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 30 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #81 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #191 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #61 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As reel #26 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [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