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Tune ID#1265 (Old Swallow's Tail)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Swallow's Tail about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KHe (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old Swallow's Tail / McKenna's / Ríl Tom Martin (also in G) (compare Swallow's Tail #1855) (credited to Tom Martin on DncOBrn, a claim that seems unlikely)
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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.

Click play below to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
~195220#1
[TDMI] Traditional Dance Music of Ireland. The McCusker Brothers Ceilidh Band.
~19798#1
[DncOBrn] Donncha Ó Briain. Ceol ar an bhFeadóg Stáin. Irish Traditional Music On Tin Whistle. Donncha Ó Briain (whistle). For this tune: with Mick O'Brien (pipes), Tom O'Brien (fiddle).
~19985#3
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Navvy on the Line
KHe
Played beforeOn Albums
Tinker's Apron
TDMI
Kerry Reel
DncOBrn

Bibliography

According to my research, there are zero transcriptions that are musically very similar to this tune anywhere in the indexed books, regardless of tune title. Try my recommended links to other indexes if you need a transcription. To learn to play this tune, simply learn it from another musician or study the recording(s) listed above. See also: Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music.

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1952