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Tune ID#1233 (Master McDermott's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Master McDermott'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 MG (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Master McDermott's / Master Mc Dermott's / Master McDermot's / McDermott's Reel / Mc Dermott's / McDermotts Reel / McDermotts / Master McDermott's Reel / Master McDermotts' Reel / Master McDermots / McDermoth's Reel / Master McDermott / Ríl an Mháistir Mhic Dhiarmada / Máistir Mac Diarmada / An Máistir Mac Diarmada / Barrel Rafferty's / Barrel Rafferty's Reel No. 1 (1st in set Gort to Texas to Honolulu on RT 1; 1st in set Tunes on BIABH 3; for 3rd figure of Caledonian Set on JRSLCB 2) (also in C or E, also singled) (compare Boys of the Lough #210; compare quite distantly Liam Donnelly's #6683) (composed by Seán Maguire and/or Liam Donnelly, according to five of these sources. CRE 4 and SMcK, however, credits this to Michael McDermott)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[AWhyte] Aggie Whyte. Aggie Whyte. Aggie Whyte (fiddle). For this tune: with Peadar Ó Lochlainn (flute).
[SaaS] Peadar Ó Lochlainn and Aggie Whyte. Seancheol ar an Seannós. Peadar Ó Lochlainn (flute), Aggie Whyte (fiddle).
[SprklDwn] Hughie Gillespie and Frank Kelly. The Sparkling Dawn. Hughie Gillespie (fiddle), Frank Kelly (fiddle).
[NH 1] Noel Hill. The Irish Concertina. Noel Hill (concertina).
[BBow 3] Buttons and Bows. Grace Notes - Nótaí Maise. Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina), Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano).
[BIABH 3] Bringing It All Back Home. Volume 3. Bobby Casey, John Bowe, Tom Nagle, Ellish Byrne, Siobhan O'Donnell, Roger Sherlock.
[BG 5] Bobby Gardiner. The Master's Choice. Bobby Gardiner (accordion).
[TDrty] Tom Doherty. Take the Bull by the Horns. Tom Doherty (accordion). For this tune: Maureen Doherty Macken (whistle).
[AtMcGn 1] Antóin MacGabhann. Ar Aon Bhuille. Matching Beats. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).
[RT 1] Reeltime. Reeltime. Máirin Fahy (fiddle, vocals), Éilís Egan (accordion), Chris Kelly (guitar), Benny Hayes (piano, keyboards, ukelele, vocals).
[BrdgGap] Kevin Moloney, Sean Moloney. Bridging the Gap. Kevin Moloney (fiddle), Sean Moloney (flute). For this tune: Kevin Moloney (fiddle).
[FFH] Far From Home. Tri. Turner Collins (accordion, whistle, vocals), Bob Newton (octave mandolin, mandocello, bodhrán, vocals), Daithi Wolfe (fiddle).
[JMcE] John McEvoy. Returning. John McEvoy (fiddle).
[THwtB] Seamus Tansey and Jim McKillop. To Hell with the Begrudgers. Seamus Tansey (flute), Jim McKillop (fiddle).
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
[CHydn 2] Cathal Hayden. Cathal Hayden. Cathal Hayden (fiddle, banjo). For this tune: (fiddle).
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Deirdre Collis (Eb whistle), with Maria Lynn McHugh (piano).
[LaL] Lámh ar Lámh. Many Hands. thirty-three fiddlers (fiddle).
[SMcK] Skip McKinley. Fairy Tales. Skip McKinley (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Devaney's Goat
NH 1
Boys of Malin
BBow 3
Road to Ballymac
Played beforeOn Albums
Charlie Mulvihill's Reel
AWhyte, SaaS
Dairy Maid
AtMcGn 1, THwtB
Plough and the Stars
RT 1, GL20
Ambrose Moloney's
CHydn 2, MtRd
Mason's Apron
Hunter's House
Geoghegan's Fancy
BBow 3
Come West along the Road
Humours of Lissadell
BG 5
Primrose Lass
Yellow Tinker
Boy in the Boat
Mountain Road
Molly Put the Kettle On


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 #119 in [CRE 4] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 4. [available]
As reel #179 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #11 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 68 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #202 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #240 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan.
As tune #14 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1943