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Tune ID#635 (Newtown Bridge)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Newtown Bridge about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Tri 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Newtown Bridge / New Town Bridge / The Sailor's Farewell / Slán an Mháirnéalaigh / Slán an Mhairnéalaigh / The Sailor's Return / Fisherman's Farewell / Bell Harbour / The Bellharbour Reel / The Belharbour Reel / Ríl Bhéal an Chloga / The Belharbour / The Rough Road / Doocastle / Dillons / McGuinnesse's Frolics / Reynold's Reel (for 1st figure of Caledonian Set on JRSLCB 2) (compare 1st part with 1st part of Dappers Delight #5737) (composed by Paddy O'Brien or Chris Droney or Raymond Roland)

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
~194910#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Tom Cawley (fiddle).
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~19801#3
[JKn 2] James Keane. Roll Away the Reel World. James Keane (accordion).
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~198011#1
[MMlny 2] Mick Moloney. Strings Attached. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar). For this tune: (banjo).
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~19805#3
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. James Keane (accordion).
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~19901#1
[VK 1] Vinnie Kilduff. The Boys from the Blue Hill. Vinnie Kilduff (whistle, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, bodhrán).
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~19905#1
[JWh 2] John Whelan. From the Heart. Traditional Irish Music. John Whelan (accordion).
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~19918#1
[Tri 1] Trian. Trian. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Daithi Sproule (guitar, vocals). For this tune: Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~19955#1
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
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199816#1
[JWh 6] John Whelan. Come to Dance. John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: with Jim Eagan (fiddle).
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~19987#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~20021#1
[Fns] Feenish. Rabharta. P.J. Hernon (accordion), Marcus Hernon (flute, whistle), Don Stiffe (vocals, guitar, whistle).
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~20058#1
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
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~201114#1
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Bríd O'Donohue (flute), Liam (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 #146 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As reel #217 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #193 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #12 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #46 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1949