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Tune ID#996 (Johnny Henry's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Johnny Henry'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 MM 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Johnny Henry's / Johnny 'Watt' Henry's Favourite / Johnny 'Watt' Henry's / Johnny Watt Henry's / Jim Donoghues (compare 1st part distantly with 1st part of Jim Donoghue's #940)

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
~198713#1
[MM 3] Matt Molloy. Stony Steps. Matt Molloy (flute).
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~199910#1
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Seamus O'Donnell (flute).
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~20017#1
[AtR 2] At the Racket. Mirth-Making Heroes. John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Brian McGrath (banjo, piano, keyboards), Seamus O'Donnell (flute, saxophone, vocals), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano), Brid Dooley (vocals). For this tune: Garry O'Briain (mandocello), then at end of track with Seamus (flute).
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20024#2
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray…. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C flute, C whistle).
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~20049#2
[OMcD] Oisín Mac Diarmada. Ar an bhFidil. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, whistle).
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~200614#1
[CrnrHs 2] Corner House. The Friendly Visit. Davey Mathias (guitar), Andi Hearn (fiddle, vocals). For this tune: Andi (fiddle), Beanie (fiddle).
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~200811#2
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
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20091#3
[DPss 2] Dan Possumato. Pulling Out the Stops. Traditional Music and Song of Ireland. Dan Possumato (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 reel #588 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc 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): 1987