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Tune ID#1064 (Knotted Cord)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Knotted Cord about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JMcK (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Knotted Cord, The / An Corda Snaidhmthe / The Knot in the Cord / Bridie Morley's / Bridie Morley / Junior Crehan's / Junior Crehan's Favourite / Junior Crehan's Favorite / Juniors / The Bangor Reel / Bangor Reel / Cronin's (1st in set Bridie Morley's on JMcK; 1st in set Reels on JReidy 3)
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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).
19372.22#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: with Eddie Meehan (flute).
19374#1
[GD] From Galway to Dublin. Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music. Edward Meehan (flute), John McKenna (flute).
~19735#1
[Plx 1] Planxty. Planxty. Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandola, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bodhrán). For this tune: Liam O'Flynn? (whistle).
~197822#1
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Pakie Duignan (flute).
~19812.4#1
[JReidy 3] Johnny Reidy. Full Polka Set. Ireland's Number One. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
19931.7#2
[SDI 3] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume III. Denis (fiddle), Paudy (flute), Timmy (melodeon).
~19955#2
[KC 1] Kevin Crawford. 'D' Flute Album. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán). For this tune: (flute).
20012#1
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
~20022.3#2
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~20036#1
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~200911#1
[DubMMe] Liam O'Connor and Seán McKeon. Dublin Made Me. Liam O'Connor (fiddle, viola), Seán McKeon (pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Kerry Reel
SDI 3
Newtown Bridge
KC 1
Dowd's No. 9
MSCB
Played beforeOn Albums
Corney Is Coming
Plx 1, CmA 1, MMlvy
Hunter's Purse
JMcK, GD
Peter Street
JReidy 3
Boy in the Gap
SDI 3
Union Reel
MSCB
Stony Steps
DubMMe

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 #229 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #22 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #2 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #40 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #171 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
On page 81 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [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): 1937