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Tune ID#1042 (King of the Clans)

Transcription of first 2 bars of King of the Clans about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording AM (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
King of the Clans, The / King of the Clans / The King of the Clan (mislabeled as The Steeplechase on RedW)
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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).
~19772#2
[AM] Andy McGann and Paul Brady. It's A Hard Road to Travel. Andy McGann (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
~19786#2
[LCTM] Liz Carroll & Tommy Maguire. Kiss Me Kate. Liz Carroll (fiddle), Tommy Maguire (accordion).
~19842#2
[Crsl] Séamus McGuire, Manus McGuire, Dáithí Sproule. Carousel. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitars, vocals).
~19937#4
[JMd 1] Joanie Madden. A Whistle on the Wind. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle). For this tune: (flute), with John Wiliams (concertina), Eileen Ivers (fiddle).
~19942.5#4
[WFO 1] Wooden Flute Obsession. Joanie Madden (flute).
~199614#4
[GOh] Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin. Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin (concertina, whistle).
~20025#2
[JFtg] Joe Fitzgerald. Hills of Clare. Joe Fitzgerald (accordion).
20062#3
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
20084#1
[RedW] The Red Wellies. The Red Wellies. Claudine "Beanie" Odell (fiddle), Duncan Wickel (fiddle, pipes), Vincent Fogarty (bouzouki).
~20098#1
[PoNY] Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan. Pride of New York. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (piano).
~20126#1
[LeChle] Séamus Begley and Oisín Mac Diarmada. Together. Le Chéile. Séamus Begley (accordion, vocals), Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle). For this tune: Oisín (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Noisy Curlew
JMd 1, WFO 1
Drag Her around the Road
AM
Tom Maguire's Fancy
LCTM
Eleanor Kane's
Crsl
St. Andrew's Reel
GOh
Dillon's Fancy
JFtg
Corney Is Coming
MOR 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Steeplechase
RedW
Dan Breen's
PoNY
Woman of the House
LeChle

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 #788 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
On page 20 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes. [available]
As reel #167 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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