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Tune ID#1335 (Monaghan Twig)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Monaghan Twig about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording KOS (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABA Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Monaghan Twig, The / The Monahan Twig / The Mountain Twig / Tinker's Apron / Aprún an Tincéara (2nd in set Breton Reels on Arc 1; 2nd in set Doon on AcrPond) (compare The Monaghan Switch #2411 and compare 1st part with 1st part of Tom Keane's #4433 and with 1st part of I'm Ready Now #4947)
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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).
~19811#1
[KOS] James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule. Traditional Music of Ireland. James Kelly (fiddle), Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Daithi Sproule (vocals, guitar).
~19835#1
[PK 2] Paddy Keenan. Poirt an Phíobaire. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (pipes).
~199015#3
[VK 1] Vinnie Kilduff. The Boys from the Blue Hill. Vinnie Kilduff (whistle, mandolin, guitar, keyboards, bass, bodhrán). For this tune: with (fiddles).
~19918#2
[Arc 1] Arcady. After the Ball . . .. Jackie Daly (accordion), Frances Black (vocals), Patsy Broderick (piano/keyboards), Johnny McDonagh (percussion), Brendan Larrisey (fiddle, viola), Nicolas Quemenar (guitar, flute, whistle, vocals).
~199113#2
[LFinger] Joe McHugh and Barry Carroll. The Long Finger. An Mhéar Fhada. Joe McHugh (pipes, whistle, keyboard, bouzouki), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer, keyboard).
~199310#2
[SSt] The Sound of Stone. Artists for Mullaghmore. Kevin Crawford (Eb flute).
19973#3
[CTL 6] Cherish the Ladies. Threads of Time. Joanie Madden (flute, whistle, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Mary Rafferty (accordion, whistle), Donna Long (piano, vocals, fiddle, keyboards), Siobhan Egan (fiddle, whistle, bodhrán), Aoife Clancy (vocals, bodhrán, guitar).
20011#3
[GrHs] Grey Larsen and Paddy League. The Green House. Grey Larsen (flute, whistle, concertina, harmonium, field organ, piano), Paddy League (bodhrán, guitar). For this tune: (flute).
20021.11#1
[KCThtr] Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater. Traditional Irish Music. Paddy Keenan (pipes), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
200211#3
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes). For this tune: with Patrick (fiddle).
~20023#2
[AcrPond] Across the Pond. Across the Pond. Kevin Griffin (banjo), Roger Burridge (fiddle), Michael Shorrock (bouzouki), Quentin Cooper (mandolin, guitar, bass).
20117#3
[LTC 1] Long Time Courting. Alternate Routes. Ariel Friedman (cello, vocals), Liz Simmon (guitar, vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute, whistle, vocals), Sarah Blair (fiddle, vocals).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Lads of Laois
VK 1
The Green Hills of Tyrol
LFinger
Sweet Flowers of Miltown
SSt
Ladies' Pantalettes
CTL 6
Humours of Lissadell
GrHs
Toss the Feathers
EGrs 1
Doon Reel
AcrPond
Hunter's House
LTC 1
Played beforeOn Albums
New Lough Isle Castle
KOS
Collier's Reel
PK 2
Jackson's No. 2
LFinger
Donegal Reel
SSt
Linen Cap
CTL 6
Killavil Fancy
KCThtr
Reconciliation
AcrPond

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 #152 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 47 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
As reel #238 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As 68 & 74 in [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #224 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): 1966