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Tune ID#730 (Glen Allen)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Glen Allen about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KCB 6 (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):
Glen Allen / The Glen Allen / The Glenallen / Glenn Allen Reel / Kilmaley Reel / Kilmaley / The Kilmaley / The Kilmaley Reel / Kimaley Reel / Sonny Martin's (2nd in The Kilmaley Set on CKeane 1; 2nd in set The Savoy on KCB 6) (also in D) (compare Father Kelly's #2894 and more distantly #4301)

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
~19582#1
[KCB 1] The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The Fabulous Kilfenora Ceili Band. P.J. Lynch (fiddle), Gus Tierney (fiddle), Jim McCormack (flute), Gerry Lynch (accordion), P. Mullins, T. Eustace, P. Madigan, Kitty Linnane (piano), G. O'Loughlin (drums).
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~19931#2
[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
Go to Album
20004#2
[SkHly 3] Skip Healy. Purgatory Chasm. Skip Healy (flute).
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~20012.8#2
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Skip Healy (flute).
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~20029#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
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~20021.9#1
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
Go to Album
~20051.21#3
[WFO 3] Wooden Flute Obsession 3. David Migoya (Eb flute).
Go to Album
~20076#3
[TWnch] Terence Winch. When New York Was Irish. Songs and Tunes by Terence Winch. Terence Winch (accordion, vocals, banjo). For this tune: 1st time Regan Wick (piano).
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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 #1 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #104 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 27 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
In [FMH] Tom Hastings. The Feis Musicians Handbook [sic].
As 40 & 42 in [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #114 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #24 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [available]
As tune #18 in [DM 4] Dave Mallinson. 100 Vital Irish Session Tunes. [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): 1958