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Tune ID#1172 (MacArthur Road)

Transcription of first 2 bars of MacArthur Road about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Boys 13 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
MacArthur Road / McArthur Road (2nd in set Easy Club Reels on SSm; 2nd in set The Trucks of Bohermore on RT 2, where it is only identified as Gan Ainm) (composed by Dave Richardson)
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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).
~19877#3
[Boys 13] Boys of the Lough. Farewell and Remember Me. Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McConnell (flute, whistle, vocals), Dave Richardson (concertina, mandolin, cittern), Christy O'Leary (pipes, whistle, vocals), John Coakley (guitar, piano, bodhrán, mandolin, fiddle).
~199314#2
[SSm] Seán Smyth. The Blue Fiddle. Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, vocals).
19971#2
[RT 2] Reeltime. Live It Up. Máirin Fahy (fiddle, vocals), Éilís Egan (accordion), Luke Daniels (accordion), Chris Kelly (guitar, vocals), John Flatley (keyboards, vocals), Yvonne Fahy (percussion).
200810#8
[LRCB] Lough Ree Ceili Band. Keep 'er Lit. Live from Spanish Point. Johnnie Duffy (banjo), Brendan Doyle (accordion), Liz Ryan (piano), Colin Butler (drums).
20119#1
[JigUp] The Jig Is Up!. First Steps. Judd Heartsill (accordion, flute), Larry Mallette (flute, whistle), Diehl Moran (fiddle, banjo), Matthew Lewis (guitar, flute, whistle), Robert Shaddox (bodhrán, vocals). For this tune: Diehl Moran (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jug of Punch
Boys 13
Easy Club Reel
SSm
Bucks of Oranmore
RT 2
Siobhán O'Donnell's
LRCB
Played beforeOn Albums
Over the Moor to Maggie
RT 2
Cathal McConnell's
JigUp

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 reel #497 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [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): 1987