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Tune ID#1003 (Jolly Tinker)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Jolly Tinker about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel40ABCDEA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Jolly Tinker, The / Jolly Tinker / An Tincéir Gealgháireach / An Tincéir Meidhreach / The Timpán Reel / Tiampan Reel (omitted from contents listing on JV track 2.12, where one might therefore read the title as The Bush; 1st in set The Jolly Tinker on MOC 1 and on MMcG 3) (also with 5th part 1st, or without 5th part) (also in G or E) (compare The Hen and Her Clutch #2810 and The Jolly Tinker #1002; compare 3rd and 5th parts with Tinker's Reel #4503; compare 1st part with 2nd part of Tinker's Frolic #4518)
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Discography cd

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 (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
192913#1
19363#1
19362#1
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
195117#1
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Michael Gorman (fiddle), Mick Flynn (flute).
~195616#2
[Rnys] The Raineys. The Raineys. Paddy Rainey (fiddle), Stephen Rainey (fiddle), Bridie 'Biddy' Rainey (vocals).
19612.6#1
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle). For this tune: with Tom Standeven (pipes).
~19612.12#3
[JV] John Vesey. Sligo Fiddler. John Vesey (fiddle).
19678#1
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Jimmy Power (fiddle), Jimmy Dunleavy (fiddle).
~19751#1 (1:12)
[Ch 5] The Chieftains. 5. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Derek Bell (harp, oboe, timpán), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones).
~19791#1
[MOC 1] Martin O'Connor. The Connachtman's Rambles. Martin O'Connor (accordion).
19918#5
[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).
19942.2#1
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Michael (flute), Tommy (concertina), Eamon (fiddle).
199613#2
[AW] Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill, James Keane, with Felix Dolan. Atlantic Wave. Paddy Reynolds (fiddle), Charlie Mulvihill (accordion), James Keane (accordion). For this tune: James Keane (accordion).
199812#2
[KB IC] Kevin Burke. In Concert. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~20004#1
[CLnn 1] Charlie Lennon. Time for a Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, piano, drum).
20035#3
[Tda 2] Téada. Give Us a Penny and Let Us Be Gone. Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals), John Blake (flute, guitar), Paul Finn (accordion, concertina), Seán McElwain (banjo, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán, vocals).
~20055#2
[CDrny 4] Chris Droney. Down from Bell Harbour. Chris Droney (concertina).
~200611#1
[MMcG 3] Michael McGoldrick. Wired. Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistle, pipes, mandolin, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
20083#1
[RBys 3] Randal Bays. Dig with It. Randal Bays (fiddle, guitar, harp).
20107#1
[MCnDMn] Mick Conneely and David Munnelly. 'Tis What It Is. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki), David Munnelly (accordion, melodeon).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Rainy Day
Rnys
Galway Races
Ch AIE
Hunter's Purse
JV
Bunker Hill
AW
Lucy Campbell
KB IC
Maude Miller
Tda 2
Travers' Reel
CDrny 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Pretty Girls of Mayo
WW 2, BtB, JV, JV
Jolly Tinker
MOC 1
Morning Star
SDI 3
Galway Rambler
AW
Mullingar Races
CLnn 1
Woman of the House
CDrny 4
Edinburgh Rock
MMcG 3
Yellow Tinker
MCnDMn

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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #1535 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #751 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 158 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 35 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 56 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #158 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #20 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): 1903