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Tune ID#1121 (Leslie's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Leslie's 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 A 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Leslie's Reel / Leslie's / The Croaghcullen Reel / Kitty the Hare (as Unknown Donegal Reel on ATrgs 1) (also in G) (compare especially 1st parts with Blacksmith's Reel #2161; compare 1st part with 1st part of Duharra Reel #6676)
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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).
~198711#2
[A 1] Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh. Altan. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle, vocals), Frankie Kennedy (flute). For this tune: Mairéad (fiddle).
~19883#2 (3:11)
[Boys 14] Boys of the Lough. Sweet Rural Shade. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathall McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano). For this tune: Cathal (Eb whistle).
~198811#2
[KSG] Kevin and Séamus Glackin. Na Saighneáin. Northern Lights. Kevin Glackin (fiddle), Séamus Glackin (fiddle). For this tune: Kevin (fiddle).
199521#2
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Peter Tracey (fiddle).
~200710#4
[ATrgs 1] Athena Tergis. A Letter Home. Athena Tergis (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jimmy Lyon's
A 1
Carmel Mahoney Mulhaire
KSG
Forest Flower
Boys 14
Green Fields of Glentown
FMD 1
Little Katey Kearney
ATrgs 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Jenny Dang the Weaver
Boys 14

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1987