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Tune ID#1101 (Culfodda Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Culfodda Reel about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JKn 3 (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):
Culfodda Reel, The / The Culfodda / The Culfadda / The Culfadda Reel / The Culfada / Cúl Fada / Cúl Fada Reel / Ríl Choill Fhada / Ríl na Coille Fada / The Killfodda / Kilfodda / The Cruel Father / Redican's / Redican's Reel / Larry Redican's / Larry Redican's Reel / Larry Radicans / Larry Radigan's Reel / Redigan's / Mickey Rattley / Martin Wynne's (2nd in set Larry Redigan's on SWlsh 4) (also in F) (composed by Larry Redican, although mistakenly credited to Martin Wynne on MulcFam1)
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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).
~19726#2
[BHCMoher] Sean Ryan, Kathleen Ryan, Pat Lyons. Back Home to the Cliffs of Mohir [sic]. Sean Ryan (fiddle), Pat Lyons (accordion), Kathleen Ryan (piano).
~197919#1
~198015#2
[SMMcG] Seamus and Manus McGuire. Humours of Lissadell. Seamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
~198114#2
[SWlsh 4] Séamus Walshe. Traditional Music of Ireland on Button Accordion. Séamus Walshe (accordion).
19881#5
[GFA] The Green Fields of America. Live in Concert. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, tres, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Keane (piano accordion, synthesizers, vocals), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (pipes, flute, whistle, bodhrán, tres).
~19894#1
[GdMxr] Noel O Grady, Henry Benagh, John Carty, Marcus Hernon. The Good Mixer.
~19933#3
[JKn 3] James Keane. That's the Spirit. James Keane (accordion).
~19958#2
[CDrny 3] Chris Droney. The Fertile Rock. Chris Droney (accordion).
~19973#3
[GL1] The Dance Music of Ireland. Jigs and Reels. James Keane (accordion).
~19984#1
[JMcE] John McEvoy. Returning. John McEvoy (fiddle).
19994#3
[MCnnly] Mick Conneely. Selkie. Mick Conneely (fiddle, bouzouki). For this tune: with Mick Senior (fiddle).
~20004#1
[MulcFam1] The Mulcahy Family. The Mulcahy Family. Mick Mulcahy (accordion, concertina), Louise Mulcahy (flute, pipes), Michelle Mulcahy (accordion, concertina, harp). For this tune: Michelle (harp).
20016#1
[FDys] Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin. Forgotten Days. Davy Spillane (pipes, whistle), Kevin Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: (pipes), (fiddle).
~20033#2
[KitRec] Seán O'Driscoll and Larry Egan. The Kitchen Recordings. Seán O'Driscoll (banjo, bouzouki), Larry Egan (accordion).
~20054#2
[InTndm] Kevin Burke and Ged Foley. In Tandem. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals).
~20067#1
[HB 3] Harry Bradley. The Night-Rambler's Companion. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle).
20119#2
[HDvls 2] The House Devils. Crossing the Ocean. Matt Fahey (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, resonator guitar), Mat Walklate (harmonica, flute, vocals, whistle, pipes), Andrew Dinan (fiddle), Anthony Haller (double bass).
~20115#3
[BODFam] Bríd O'Donohue and Family. Cliabhán an Dúchais. Bríd O'Donohue (flute, whistle), Seán O'Brien (flute), Eibhlís O'Brien (pipes), Deirdre O'Brien (harp), Liam O'Brien (concertina), Sinéad O'Brien (fiddle). For this tune: Liam O'Brien (concertina).
20128#3
[Yanks 1] The Yanks. The Yanks. Isaac Alderson (flute, pipes), Dylan Foley (fiddle), Dan Gurney (accordion), Sean Earnest (guitar, bouzouki).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Steeplechase
JKn 3, GL1
Eel in the Sink
BHCMoher, MCnnly
Larry Redican's Reel
SWlsh 4
Sligo Jack
GFA
Touch Me If You Dare
CDrny 3
Eddie Kelly's
KitRec
Never Was Piping So Gay
InTndm
[untitled]
HDvls 2
Ryan's Rant
BODFam
John Naughton's
Yanks 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Paddy Mills' Special Dream
GdMxr
Haymaker
JMcE
Piper's Despair
BICM
Lad O'Beirne's
MulcFam1
Ravelled Hank of Yarn
FDys
Eddie Kelly's
KitRec
Western Lasses
InTndm
Maude Miller
HB 3

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 #25 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #24 in [SIMB] Tony Sullivan. Sully's Irish Music Book. [available]
As reel #234 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #91 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As reel #163 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #3 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1972