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Tune ID#731 (Glen of Aherlow)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Glen of Aherlow about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AIC1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Glen of Aherlow, The / Glen of Aherlow / The Glen of Aherlough / Gleann Eacharlaigh / Lafferty's / Lafferty's Reel / Laverty's Reel / Lafferty's Favourite / The Woman I Never Forgot / Canny's / Rediggan's / The Crane's Leg (1st in set Bertha's Goat on 4MD 2) (also in C; singled and in A on PO 4) (composed by Seán Ryan)

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
~19594#2
[AIC1] Paddy Canny, P.J. Hayes, Peadar O'Loughlin, Bridie Lafferty. An Historic Recording of Irish Traditional Music from County Clare and East Galway. Paddy Canny (fiddle), P.J. Hayes (fiddle).
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~195911#2
[AIC2] Paddy Canny. Meet Paddy Canny. All-Ireland Champion - Violin. Paddy Canny (fiddle). For this tune: with P.J. Hayes.
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19671#2
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Martin Byrnes (fiddle).
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~19791#2
[KB Pr] Kevin Burke, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Promenade. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, piano).
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~19807#1
[Plx 6] Planxty. The Woman I Loved so Well. Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, synthesizer), Andy Irvine (bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Christy Moore (guitar, bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: Noel Rice (concertina), Tony Linnane (fiddle).
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19821.26#3
[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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19866#1
[TJC] Frankie Gavin and Paul Brock. Ómós do Joe Cooley. A Tribute to Joe Cooley. Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Paul Brock (accordion).
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19903#2
[MLIIA] The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival - My Love Is in America. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Dale Russ (fiddle).
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19927#2
[CFF 1] Kevin Burke / Johnny Cunningham / Christian Lemaître. Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Johnny Cunningham (fiddle), Christian Lemaître (fiddle). For this tune: Kevin Burke.
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~19934#1
[4MD 2] Four Men and a Dog. Shifting Gravel. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo), Gino Lupari (percussion, vocals), Kevin Doherty (guitar, vocals), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Conor Keane (accordion), Gerry O'Connor (banjo, fiddle).
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~199415#2
[MMcNmr 1] Mary MacNamara. Traditional Music from East Clare. Mary MacNamara (concertina). For this tune: with PJ Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle).
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~19966#1
[JCt 2] John Carty. Last Night's Fun. John Carty (fiddle, banjo, flute).
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~199814#1
[KH] Kieran Hanrahan. Kieran Hanrahan Plays the Irish Tenor Banjo. Kieran Hanrahan (banjo).
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199912#1
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki).
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~199910#1
[Lu 2] Lúnasa. Otherworld. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, viola), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Donogh Hennessy (guitar).
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200113#2
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
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~20105#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
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~20117#2
[PO 4] Paddy O'Brien. Mixing the Punch. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
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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 #3 in volume 3 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #97 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 28 of [SR] Brian Ryan. The Hidden Ireland. The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan. [available]
On page 59 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #284 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #163 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As reel #153 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): 1959