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Tune ID#986 (Johnny Allen's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny Allen's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BMc 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Johnny Allen's / Johnny Allen's Reel / Johnny Allen / An Bhean Tincéara / An Bhean Tinceare / Bean Tincéara / Bean a' Tincéara / Ban Tinceiri / The Tinkerman's Wife / Sean McGlynn's Fancy / Sean McGlynn's (1st in set Harmonic Motion on Sld 2) (also singled, also with additional part between 1st and 2nd) (compare single jig Ask My Father #91)

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
196030#1
[ECr] Elizabeth Crotty. Concertina Music from West Clare. Elizabeth Crotty (concertina).
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~19819#1
[BMc 1] Billy McComiskey. Makin' the Rounds. Irish Traditional Music. Billy McComiskey (accordion). For this tune: with Sean McGlynn (accordion).
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~19811#1
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. Billy McComiskey (accordion), Sean McGlynn (accordion).
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~19812.15#1
[GL20] Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection. Billy McComiskey (accordion).
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~199513#1
[MMR 1] Mike and Mary Rafferty. The Dangerous Reel. Mike Rafferty (flute, whistle, pipes), Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistle).
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199711#1
[SCAC] Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh, Aidan Coffey. Séamus Creagh (fiddle), Aidan Coffey (accordion).
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19982#2
[Chlr 1] Chulrua. Barefoot on the Altar. Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Tim Britton (pipes, flute, whistle), Pat Egan (guitar, vocals).
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~200011#2
[MMcG 2] Michael McGoldrick. Fused. Michael McGoldrick (flute except where noted). For this tune: (flute, pipes), with Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
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20027#1
[Sld 2] Slide. Harmonic Motion. Aogán Lynch (concertina, whistle, vocals), Daire Bracken (fiddle, strings, guitar, vocals), Mick Broderick (bouzouki, mandolin, vocals), Éamonn de Barra (flute, whistle, bodhrán, piano, harmonium, vocals).
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~20047#3
[Ovld] Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Overland. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).
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200613#1
[TCB 4] The Tulla Céilí Band. 60th Anniversary Celebration. Mark Donnellan (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Jim Corry (piano), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), J.J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Martin Glynn (flute), Mick Flanagan (drums).
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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 #774 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #6 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
As reel #36 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
As reel #154 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #62 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #130 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1907