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Tune ID#1263 (Colonel Rogers)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel Rogers about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording JMcK (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):
Colonel Rogers / Col. Rogers / Colonel Rogers' / Colonel Rogers' Favourite / Colonel Rodgers / Colonel Rodgers Favourite / Colonel Roger's Favourite / Colonel Roger's / Colonel Rodger's / Colonel Rodger's Favourite / Col. Rodger's Favourite / Cnl.Rodgers Favorite / Rogha an Choirnéil Rogers / Ríl an Choirnéil Mac Ruaidhrí / Coirnéal Mhac Ruaidhrí / Colonel McRory / Colonel McRory's / Colonel Rodney / Seán McKenna's / Sean McKenna's No 1 / John McKenna's / McKenna's No. 1 Reel / McKenna's / The Happy Days of Youth / The Joys of Youth (1st in set Medley of Reels including "Master Rogers" on LHGBoys; 1st in set Sean McKenna's on ST BST; 1st in set McKenna's on WC 3; 1st in set Sean McKenna's Reels on FTIM; 1st in set John McKenna's Reels on WyndTrn; 1st in set McKenna's Reels on MMlvy and on MaRaf) (also 1st part singled)
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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).
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute), with Michael Gaffney (banjo).
[LHGBoys] "Let Her Go Boys!". Frank Quinn and Jim Clark "Smiles and Tears of Erin" Orchestra.
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Mike Gorman aka Mick Gorman (flute), Edmund Murphy aka Ed Murphy (fiddle).
[CmA 2] The Coleman Archive Vol. 2: The Home Place. Éamonn Cullen (flute).
[JPwr] Jimmy Power. Go Home and Have Your Dinner. Jimmy Power (fiddle). For this tune: with Johnny Gorman (flute).
[CmA 3] The Open Door. The Coleman Archive Volume 3. Des O'Connor (C whistle).
[WC 3] Willie Clancy. The Pipering of Willie Clancy. Volume 2. Willie Clancy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (E whistle).
[ECahill] Eddie Cahill. Ah! Surely. Eddie Cahill (flute).
[FVlly 1] Fintan Vallely. Traditional Irish Flute Music. Fintan Vallely (flute).
[FG 2] Frankie Gavin. Croch Suas É. Up and Away. Frankie Gavin (flute, fiddle, whistle, accordion). For this tune: (Eb flute).
[WyndTrn] Dan Healy and Ciaran O'Raghallaigh. The Wyndy Turn. Dan Healy (flute), Ciaran O Raghallaigh (fiddle). For this tune: (flute).
[MtRd] The Mountain Road. A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo. Gregory Daly (flute), with Ted McGowan (bodhrán).
[HB 2] Harry Bradley. As I Carelessly Did Stray. . .. Harry Bradley (flute, whistle). For this tune: (C whistles).
[MaRaf] Mary Rafferty. Hand-Me-Downs. Mary Rafferty (accordion, concertina, flute, whistle). For this tune: (whistle).
[MMlvy] Mick Mulvey. Within a Mile o' Jamestown. Mick Mulvey (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
[WFO 2] Wooden Flute Obsession 2. Brian Lennon (flute).
[CLnn 2] Charlie Lennon. Turning the Tune. Charlie Lennon (fiddle, viola, piano, harpsichord, bass, keyboards).
[HiBs 1] The HiBs. 40 Acre Notch. Jode Dowling (fiddle), Kate Dowling (whistle, flute). For this tune: Kate (flute).
[NnNCsd] Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha. Draoícht na Feadóige. Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (flute, whistle). For this tune: (Eb flute).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played beforeOn Albums
Happy Days of Youth
JMcK, CmA 1, CmA 2, JPwr, CmA 3, ST BST, FTIM, WC 3, ECahill, FVlly 1, FG 2, WyndTrn, MtRd, MaRaf, MMlvy, WFO 2, CLnn 2, NnNCsd
Crooked Road to Dublin
Johnny Henry's
HB 2
Fair Wind
HiBs 1


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 #78 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 57 of [RM] Randy Miller and Jack Perron. Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. [available]
As tune #27 in volume 2 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As reel #116 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
On page 28 of [T] Fintan Vallely. Timber. The Flute Tutor. 2nd Edition. [available]
As tune #316 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #73 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): 1934