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Tune ID#1015 (Keel Row)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Keel Row about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MGm (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Fling16ABG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Keel Row, The / Keel Row / Lady Handwick's Reel (1st in set The Lasses of Donnibrook on WW 2) (also in A or D, also doubled)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon).
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion).
[JBrosnan] John Brosnan. The Cook in the Kitchen. John Brosnan (accordion). For this tune: with Tim Kerins (fiddle), Maurice Moriarty (banjo).
[JK 4] James Kelly. Melodic Journeys. James Kelly (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Love Will You Marry Me
WW 1
Money Musk
Orange and Blue
Shoe the Donkey
JK 4
Played beforeOn Albums
Love Will You Marry Me
WW 2
Green Grow the Rushes O


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 #198 in volume 1 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As misc #13 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.

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): 1917