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Tune ID#1279 (Michael Kennedy's Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Michael Kennedy'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 KB UC (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Michael Kennedy's Reel / Michael Kennedy's / Michael Joe Kennedy's (2nd in set The Walrus on Lu 5) (also in D, also reversed parts)
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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).
~19845#3
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Mark Graham[?] (harmonicas).
~199514#2
[JsMrsh 2] Josephine Marsh. Josephine Marsh. Josephine Marsh (accordion, concertina). For this tune: (accordion).
~20001#2
[LC 3] Liz Carroll. Lost in the Loop. Liz Carroll (fiddle).
20015#3
[PHCB] Public House Ceili Band. Go Figure. Dan Cobb (banjo), Dave Delgado (whistle), Alan Ng (fiddle), Bob Newton (octave mandolin).
20039#2
[Lu 5] LĂșnasa. The Kinnitty Sessions. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (F whistles).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Jerusalem Ridge
KB UC
Raitlin Island
JsMrsh 2
Sevens
LC 3
Toss the Feathers
PHCB
Four Courts
Lu 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Cup of Tea
LC 3

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.
In [L] Alan's private loose music.
On page 43 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 70 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #215 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [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): 1984