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Tune ID#672 (King of the Pipers)

Transcription of first 2 bars of King of the Pipers about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JD 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig64AABBCCDDD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
King of the Pipers / The King of the Pipers / Rí na bPíobairí / King of the Pipers No. 2 / Frainc a'Phoill's / Port Frainc a' Phoill / Kilrane Jig / The Kilrane Jig (2nd in set The Donegal Set on Ch W) (also with 5 or 6 parts and with parts in different orders)

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
197417#1
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
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~19756#2
[SK 1] Seán Keane. Gusty's Frolicks. Seán Keane (fiddle).
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~197813#2
[MMlny 1] Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney with Eugene O'Donnell, Joe McKenna, Shelley Posen, Patrick Sky. Mick Moloney (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki), Eugene O'Donnell (fiddle), Joe McKenna (pipes, whistle), Patrick Sky (whistle), Shelley Posen (concertina, vocals, guitar). For this tune: Mick Moloney (mandolin), Eugene O'Donnell (fiddle).
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~19857#2
[TP 8] Tommy Peoples. Waiting for a Call. Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: with Alec Finn (bouzouki), Dónal Lunny (bodhrán).
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19917#2
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin, Séamus Glackin, Kevin Glackin.
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19913#1
[A HS] Altan. Harvest Storm. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute, whistle, vocals), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, bouzouki-guitar).
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~19915#2
[BT] Baal Tinne. . . . About Time. Noel Rice (flute, whistle), Kevin Rice (bodhrán, percussion), Cathleen Rice (fiddle), Matt Sundstrom (guitar), Paul Cienniwa (piano, keyboards).
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~19912#2
[PG 2] Paddy Glackin. Rabharta Ceoil. In Full Spate. Paddy Glackin (fiddle), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
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200010#2
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with Altan: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle), Ciarán Tourish (fiddle), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Ciarán Curran (bouzouki), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).
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~20014#2
[Beg 2] Beginish. Stormy Weather. Brendan Begley (accordion, vocals), Noel O'Grady (bouzouki), Paul McGrattan (flute, whistle), Gavin Ralston (guitar, keyboards), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle).
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~200210#1
[PS 8] Patrick Street. Street Life. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals).
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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 #702 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 177 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 57 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
On page 159 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
On page 91 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 92 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 154 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
On page 155 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #66 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): 1903