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Tune ID#658 (Fort of Kincora)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Fort of Kincora about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording ECst (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Hornpipe32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Fort of Kincora, The / Fort of Kincora / The Fort at Kincora / Sherlock's / Sherlock's Hornpipe / Joe Burke's Hornpipe / The Ballinakill Hornpipe / The Ballinakill / Galway Hornpipe (for 6th figure of The West Kerry Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in A)

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
~197713#1
[ECst] Traditional Irish Music in America. The East Coast. Sean McGlynn (accordion).
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~198312#1
[JB 3] Joe Burke with Máire Ní Chathasaigh. The Tailor's Choice. Joe Burke (flute, whistle, accordion). For this tune: (accordion) with Brian Conway (fiddle).
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~19916#2
[TrsCl] Turas Cheoil. A Musical Odyssey: A compilation of music from the traditional musicians of Toronto. Joe Byrne (flute), Kevin Finnegan (accordion), David Papazian (fiddle), Kieran Wade (banjo).
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~19924#1
[CTL 3] Cherish the Ladies. The Back Door. Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhrán), Eileen Golden (feet), Winifred Horan (fiddle, feet), Maureen Doherty Macken [Mary Rafferty] (accordion, flute), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Cathie Ryan (vocals), Linnane Wick (feet). For this tune: Joanie Madden (flute).
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~199818#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
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~20026#2
[PJCJC] P.J. Crotty, Carol Cullinan, James Cullinan. Happy to Meet. P.J. Crotty (flute), James Cullinan (fiddle), Carol Cullinan (piano).
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~20087#1
[BMc 2] Billy McComiskey. Outside the Box. Billy McComiskey (accordion). For this tune: with Sean McComiskey (accordion).
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20129#3
[LMlltt 2] Larry Mallette. A Stroll in the Park. Larry Mallette (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 tune #71 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As hp #48 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #274 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
On page 117 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1974