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Tune ID#1251 (McDonagh's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of McDonagh'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 MM 1 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
McDonagh's Reel (1) / McDonagh's Reel / McDonagh's / Ríl Mhic Dhonncha /
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Discography cd

Here is the sole recording of this tune considering only the indexed recordings.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~19768#1
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
McDonagh's
MM 1

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 recording listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #113 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As tune #38 in [P50] Brian and Eithne Vallely. Play 50 Reels. [available]
As reel #207 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #207 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [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): 1976