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Tune ID#748 (Good Morning to Your Nightcap)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Good Morning to Your Nightcap about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Good Morning to Your Nightcap / Good Morning to Your Night Cap / Good Morning, Nightcap / Good Morning, Nightcap? / Good Morning Nightcap / Morning Nightcap / Michael Coleman's / Shifting Gravel / Drunken Police Car / Over the Waves (2nd in set Farrell O'Gara on MC; 2nd in Good Morning Nightcap Set on PttW) (also with parts reversed; the common practice of starting with the high part - as written here - often seems to be a choice made for the sake of a nice transition between a preceding tune and this tune; also in G)

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
19271.7#2
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
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~19781#2
[KB Cap] Kevin Burke. If the Cap Fits. Kevin Burke (fiddle).
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~198111#1
[MM 2] Matt Molloy. Heathery Breeze. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
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19918#3
[Ch AIE] The Chieftains. An Irish Evening. Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Derek Bell (harp, tiompán, keyboards).
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~19932#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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~200111#2
[Lu 3] Lúnasa. The Merry Sisters of Fate. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass). For this tune: Kevin Crawford (whistle).
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20061#2
[Lu 7] Lúnasa. The Story So Far .... Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, pipes), John McSherry (pipes), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Paul Meehan (guitar). For this tune: Kevin Crawford (whistle).
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~20072#2
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
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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 #1485 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #710 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 73 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
On page 148 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 43 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 70 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #214 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