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Tune ID#1291 (Miller of Drohan)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Miller of Drohan about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Lu 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBE Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Miller of Drohan, The / The Miller of Draughin / The Miller of Drangan / The Miller of Drawen / The Humours of Kinvara (mislabeled on BBow 2 as The Man from Bundoran; 2nd in set De Dannan's on JCt 5) (also in F#, also singled, also with parts reversed)
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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).
19876#1
[BBow 2] Buttons and Bows. The First Month of Summer. Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion, concertina, whistle).
~19875#2
[DD 7] De Dannan. Ballroom. Dolores Keane (vocals), Frankie Gavin (fiddle, viola, flute, whistle, piano), Martin O'Connor (accordion), Johnny (Ringo) McDonagh (bodhrán, bones, triangles), Caroline Lavelle (cello, vocals), Alec Finn (guitar, bouzouki).
~198817#1
[PO 1] Paddy O'Brien with Daíthi Sproule. Stranger at the Gate. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
~19882#1
[BigSq] The Big Squeeze. Masters of the Celtic Accordion. Paddy O'Brien (accordion).
~19941#1
[OHs 2] Open House. Second Story. Mark Graham (harmonica, clarinet, vocals), Paul Kotapish (guitar, mandolin, cittern, bass), Sandy Silva (feet), Kevin Burke (fiddle, vocals).
~19995#1
[Lu 2] Lúnasa. Otherworld. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhrán), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle, viola), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Donogh Hennessy (guitar). For this tune: (low F whistles).
~19993#1
[Lu 7] Lúnasa. The Story So Far .... Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, bodhran), Sean Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Mike McGoldrick (flute, pipes), John McSherry (pipes), Donogh Hennessy (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass, cello), Paul Meehan (guitar). For this tune: (low F whistles).
~200512#2
[JCt 5] John Carty. I Will If I Can. John Carty (banjo, guitar, fiddle). For this tune: (guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Eleanor Neary's
DD 7, JCt 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Humours of Castlefin
PO 1, BigSq
Man from Bundoran
BBow 2
Twilight in Portroe
OHs 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 reel #95 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1987