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Tune ID#1247 (Cathal McConnell's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Cathal McConnell'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 BBow 2 (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):
Cathal McConnell's / McConnell's Reel / The Old Pigeon on the Gate (4th in set Hennessey's on Arc 1)
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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).
19873#3
[BBow 2] Buttons and Bows. The First Month of Summer. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina, whistle).
19908#2
[COG 1] Conal O Gráda. The Top of Coom. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
~19911#4
[Arc 1] Arcady. After the Ball . . .. Jackie Daly (accordion), Frances Black (vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano/keyboards), Johnny McDonagh (percussion), Brendan Larrisey (fiddle, viola), Nicolas Quemenar (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals).
20119#2
[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: Larry Mallette (whistle).
~201313#2
[DPower 3] David Power. The Eighteen Moloney. David Power (B pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Andy McGann's
BBow 2
Richard Dwyer's
COG 1
Phoenix Reel
Arc 1
MacArthur Road
JigUp
Maid of Mount Kisco
DPower 3
Played beforeOn Albums
Congress Reel
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 tune #43 in [DM 3] Dave Mallinson. 100 Evergreen Irish Session 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