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Tune ID#613 (Farrell O'Gara)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'Gara 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 ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Farrell O'Gara / Farrell O'Gara's / Farrell O Gara's / Farrell O' Gara / Farrell Ó Gara / Farral O'Gara / Farrel O'Gara / Faral O'Gara / Fearaíl Ó Gára / Fearghal Ó Gadhra / Fearghal O' Gadhra / Fearghal O'Gara / Feargal O'Gara / Fergal O'Gara / Fergal O'Gara's / Farrel O' Garbaigh / Farral Gara / Farrell Gara / The Falcarragh Reel / Farewell Garrett / Turas go Trá Lí / The Trip to Tralee / Mist on the Mountain (1st in set Farrell O'Gara on MC; 2nd in set The Donegal Reel on JMcKllp; 3rd in set Watch My Foot on KCB 5; 1st in set The Five Reel Set on MOCCH 1; 1st in Good Morning Nightcap Set on PttW)

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
19271.7#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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19317#1
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Sweeney (fiddle), Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
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193125#1
[MG] Milestone at the Garden. Irish Fiddle Masters from the 78 RPM Era. Patrick Killoran [Paddy Killoran] (fiddle), Patrick Sweeney [Paddy Sweeney] (fiddle).
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193111#1
[WW 2] The Wheels of the World. Early Irish-American Music. Classic Recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Vol. 2. Paddy Sweeney (fiddle), Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
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19612.19#2
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Joe Burke (accordion).
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~19627#1
[JC] Joe Cooley. Cooley. Joe Cooley (accordion).
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19671.7#1
[SRyan C] Seán Ryan. A Collection of His Own Compositions and His Versions of Well Known Traditional Tunes. Seán Ryan (fiddle).
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19681.14#1
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
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197120#1
[TPtts] Tommy Potts. The Liffey Banks. Tommy Potts (fiddle).
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~19752.21#1
[FTIM] Festival of Traditional Irish [Music]. Discs 7 and 8 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. John Whelan (accordion).
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~197515#1
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: John Whelan (accordion).
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197710#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~19814#2
[CtL] Peg McGrath, Mary Mulholland, Kathleen Smyth. Cherish the Ladies. Disc 9 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Peg McGrath (flute), Kathleen Smyth (fiddle), Mary Mulholland (piano).
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~198312#2
[JMcKllp] Jim McKillop, Josephine Keegan. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. Jim McKillop (fiddle), Josephine Keegan (piano).
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19913#1
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Tommy Peoples, Séamus Gibson.
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19953#1
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Martin McGinley (fiddle).
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19954#1
[JDr 2] Joe Derrane. Return to Inis Mór. Joe Derrane (accordion).
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~19951.6#1
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Joe Derrane (accordion).
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~19966#2
[SBw] Folan and Davey. Skin and Bow. Declan Folan (fiddle), Junior Davey (bodhrán).
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~199710#3
[KCB 5] The Kilfenora Céili Band. Set on Stone. Aidan McMahon (fiddle), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), Anne Rynne (fiddle), Garry Shannon (flute), Anthony Quigney (flute), Conor McCarthy (accordion), John Lynch (banjo), Tim Collins (concertina), Fintan McMahon (piano), Sean Griffin (drums), Paul O'Driscoll (double bass).
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~199816#1
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
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199915#1
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
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19993#3
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
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20066#2
[NNW] Eliot Grasso and Dave Cory. North-by-NorthWest. Eliot Grasso (pipes, flute), Dave Cory (banjo, guitar, octave mandolin).
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~20071.1#1
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
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~20072#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
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~200810#1
[MOCCH 1] Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd. Crossroads. Máirtín O'Connor (accordion), Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo, viola), Seamie O'Dowd (guitar, vocals, bass, mandolin, cabasa).
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20095#1
[RoClare] Riches of Clare. Paul Madden, Maria O'Donnell, Sinéad Heagney, Eimear Howley.
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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 70 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #131 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
On page 19 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As reel #36 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #16 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 31 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #88 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1927