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Tune ID#1035 (Tilly Finn's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tilly Finn'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 MBP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tilly Finn's / Tilly Finn's Reel / Tilly Nic Fhinn / Finn's Reel / The Killavil / Kilavil / Cill Abhaill / The Killavil Reel / Ríl Killavil / Tom Steele / Tom Steele's / Mick Finn's (2nd in set The Royal Spa on KCB 6; 2nd in set Whistling Reels on ECoy 1)
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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
19779#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle). For this tune: Matt (flute).
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~19951#3
[Drv 2] Dervish. Playing with Fire. Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Shane Mc Aleer (fiddle), Liam Kelly (flute, whistle, vocals), Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin, guitar, vocals, bassola), Michael Holmes (bouzouki, guitar).
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19969#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).
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19977#3
[JKn 4] James Keane. With Friends Like These. James Keane (accordion). For this tune: with Matt Molloy (flute).
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~199816#2
[MvC 2] Moving Cloud. Foxglove. Paul Brock (accordion), Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Carl Hession (piano). For this tune: with Gerry O'Connor (banjo).
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199912#2
[MOBAL] Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Rolston [sic]. Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Ralston. Michelle O'Brien (fiddle), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Gavin Ralston (guitar).
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~19994#1
[BRny 1] Brian Rooney. The Godfather. Brian Rooney (fiddle). For this tune: with Frankie Gavin (flute).
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20002.11#2
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. young musicians of Ashbourne CCE.
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~200014#3
[MDOF] Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta. Bosca Bídeach. Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta (melodeon). For this tune: with Séamus Mac Conaonaigh (flute).
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~20022#2
[ECoy 1] Éamonn Coyne. Through the Round Window. Éamonn Coyne (banjo, guitar, mandolin). For this tune: with Michael McGoldrick (F flute).
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~20021#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
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~20053#2
[A LG] Altan. Local Ground. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Ciaran Tourish (fiddle, whistle, vocals), Mark Kelly (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki, mandolin), Dermot Byrne (accordion), Dáithi Sproule (guitar, vocals).
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~200710#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 musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #147 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1.
As tune #11 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #58 in [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #211 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1963