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Tune ID#1157 (Lord McDonald's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord McDonald'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 MC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32ABCB'G Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Lord McDonald's / Lord McDonald / Lord McDonald's Reel / Lord MacDonald's / Lord MacDonald / Lord Mac Donald's Reel /An Tiarna Mac Dónaill / Ríl an Tiarna Mhic Dhónaill / Lord McDonalds / Lady McDonald's / Queen of the May / Little Peggy / Little Peggy's Love / Miss Jackson's (1st in set Lord McDonald a.k.a. Lord McDonald's on MC and MC 2; 2nd in set Lord McDonald's / The Wild Irishman on StWing 1; mislabeled as The Chattering Magpie on Plx 5) (also parts in different order and doubled, also without 1st and 4th parts) (compare 1st 2 parts as #197 and compare Noon Lasses #1428)
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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).
19271.1#1
[MC] Michael Coleman. Michael Coleman 1891-1945. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
19274#1
19277#1
[MC 2] Michael Coleman. The Enduring Magic. Michael Coleman (fiddle).
~195915#2
[LR 2] Leo Rowsome. The King of the Pipers. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
19602.14#1
[SltSdt] Seoltaí Séidte. Setting Sail. Paddy Canny (fiddle).
~196911#1
[McDoB] The McDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo. Larry McDonagh (flute), Michael Joe McDonagh (fiddle), Tommy Flynn (fiddle).
~19787#1
[LC 1] Liz Carroll. A Friend Indeed. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
~197812#2
[StWing 1] Stockton's Wing. Stockton's Wing. Jigs, Reels & Songs. Maurice Lennon (fiddle), Tommy Hayes (bodhrán, jew's harp), Kieran Hanrahan (banjo, harmonica, bouzouki), Paul Roche (flute, whistle), Tony Callanan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki).
~197914#1
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
~19798#3
[Plx 5] Planxty. After the Break. Christy Moore (vocals, guitar, harmonium, bodhrán), Donal Lunny (blarge, guitar), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, hurdy gurdy, bouzouki), Liam O'Flynn (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle).
~19861.2#1
[RtH] Round the House. Music for the Sets - Vol. 1. Séamus Meehan (piano accordion), Paul O'Shaughessy (fiddle).
19901#1
~199210#2
[MMM] Music at Matt Molloy's. Seán Smyth (fiddle), Matt Molloy and Paul McGrattan (flutes).
~199310#2
[CKeane 1] Conor Keane. Cooley's House. Conor Keane (accordion).
~19946#1
[SndCmC] The Sound of Coleman Country. Declan Folan (fiddle), with Andrew Davey (fiddle) at very end.
~199514#3
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
~199713#2
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
~19991#1
[BCB 2] The Bridge Céilí Band. Sparks on Flags. Tom Ahearne (fiddle), Robert Gleeson (fiddle), Karen Gavigan (fiddle), Carthage Daly (fiddle), Catherine McHugh (fiddle), James Kinsella (accordion), Fionnuala Gleeson (flute), Eugene Nolan (flute), Pat O'Meara (piano, synthesizer), Liam McCormack (drums, bodhrán).
~20014#3
[PK 4] Paddy Keenan, Tommy O'Sullivan. The Long Grazing Acre. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
200612#1
[MOR 2] Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Inside Out. Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).
~20076#1
[PttW] Matt Molloy and John Carty with Arty McGlynn. Pathway to the Well. Matt Molloy (flute), John Carty (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar). For this tune: Matt Molloy (flute).
~200814#2
[Fngl 1] Fingal. Fingal. James Keane (accordion), Randal Bays (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jenny's Wedding
LR 2
Moll Roe
StWing 1
Chattering Magpie
Plx 5
Doctor Gilbert
MMM
Noon Lasses
CKeane 1
Flogging Reel
Arc 2
Crowley's No. 1
Shskn 10
Spike Island Lassies
PK 4
Riddle of the Rum
Fngl 1
Played beforeOn Albums
Ballinasloe Fair
MC, WW 1, MC 2, SltSdt, FR, MLIIA
Wild Irishman
StWing 1
Judge's
LC 1
Wise Maid
RtH
Pigeon on the Gate
SndCmC
Pinch of Snuff
Arc 2
Cameronian Reel
Shskn 10
Holly Bush
BCB 2
Fair-Haired Boy
MOR 2

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.
On page 86 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #200 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
On page 133 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 104 of [TOC] Tomás Ó Canainn. Traditional Music in Ireland. [available]
As tune #203 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
On page 37 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As reel #33 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 61 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #185 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): 1927