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Tune ID#1328 (Molloy's)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Molloy's about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BtB (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Molloy's / Molloy's Favorite / Molloy's Favourite / Molloy's Reel / Mulloy's Reel / Ríl Uí Mhaolmhuaidh / The Irish Girl (also doubled) (composed by Paddy Killoran but only according to KB UC source)
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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).
19292.19#1
[PJConlon] Peter J. Conlon. The Genius of Peter Conlon. 78 RPM Recordings from 1917-1929. Peter J. Conlon (melodeon). For this tune: with Walter Lally (banjo).
19369#2
[BtB] Paddy Killoran, James Morrison. From Ballymote to Brooklyn. Paddy Killoran (fiddle), James Morrison (fiddle). For this tune: Paddy Killoran (fiddle).
195124#2
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Michael Gorman (fiddle), Mick Flynn (flute).
~19597#1
[LR 2] Leo Rowsome. The King of the Pipers. Leo Rowsome (pipes).
19682.28#4
[MGm] Michael Gorman. The Sligo Champion. The Fiddle Music of County Sligo. Michael Gorman (fiddle, vocals).
~19752.9#2
~19753#2
[4IC] Joe Burke, Finbarr Dwyer, Kevin Loughlin, John Whelan. Pure Irish Traditional Accordion. Session with Four Irish Champions. Joe Burke (accordion), Finbarr Dwyer (accordion), Kevin Loughlin (accordion), John Whelan (accordion). For this tune: John Whelan (accordion).
~19846#2
[KB UC] Kevin Burke. Up Close. Kevin Burke (fiddle). For this tune: with Matt Molloy (flute).
~19891#5
[BlaMrl] P.J. agus Marcus Hernon. Béal a' Mhurlaigh. P.J. Hernon (accordion, melodeon), Marcus Hernon (flute). For this tune: (accordion), (flute).
~199627#3
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Séamus Horan (fiddle).
199911#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Sligo Maid
BtB, IFM, MGm, CmA 1
Maud Miller
FTIM, 4IC, BlaMrl
Bloom of Youth
KB UC
Mayor Harrison's Fedora
JWh 8
Played beforeOn Albums
Green Groves of Erin
PJConlon
My Sweetheart Jane
LR 2
Road to Cashel
KB UC
Limestone Rock
JWh 8

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 #138 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
On page 77 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As reel #54 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
In [SK] Sean Keane. Fifty Fiddle Solos. [available]
As reel #223 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): 1929