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Tune ID#1290 (Pinch of Snuff)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Pinch of Snuff about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording TP 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel24ABCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Pinch of Snuff, The / An Pinsín Snaoisín / The Humours of Swanlinbar (3rd in set Ships Are Sailing on EI 2) (1st 2 parts sometimes played an octave higher; setting on DubMMe reverses parts B and C) (compare 1st 2 parts with Pinch of Snuff #1583 and with parts of Mil na Maidí #7627; compare parts 1 and 3 with parts 2 and 1 of Pinch of Snuff #3242; compare 1st part with 1st part of Four Courts No. 2 #2469)
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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).
195312#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle). For this tune: with John Doherty (fiddle).
19533#1
[FCssdy] Frank Cassidy. Níl Gar Ann! Frank Cassidy (fiddle).
~19761#2
[TP 2] Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady. The High Part of the Road. Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Paul Brady (guitar).
19919#1
[FS] Fiddle Sticks. Irish Traditional Music from Donegal. Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin, Séamus Glackin, Kevin Glackin.
19956#3
[EI 2] Eileen Ivers. Wild Blue. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), John Doyle (guitar), Tom 'T-Bone' Wolk (organ, accordion, guitar, bass), Ben Wittman (drums), Kimati Dinizulu (percussion). For this tune: with Seamus Egan (flute).
~199514#4
[Arc 2] Arcady. Many Happy Returns. Johnny McDonagh (bones, bodhrán, triangle), Nicholas Quemener (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano, keyboards), Conor Keane (accordion), Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Niamh Parsons (vocals).
20075#5
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Seamus Egan (flute).
~20098#2
[DubMMe] Liam O'Connor and Seán McKeon. Dublin Made Me. Liam O'Connor (fiddle, viola), Seán McKeon (pipes). For this tune: Séan (pipes).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Oak Tree
TP 2
The Green Hills of Tyrol
EI 2
Lord McDonald's
Arc 2
Fermoy Lasses
AbsIr
Reel with the Birl
DubMMe
Played beforeOn Albums
Wild Irishman
FS
Ships Are Sailing
EI 2

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 #182 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [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): 1953