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Tune ID#1370 (Derrycrag Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Derrycrag 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 JKn 5 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel48AABBCCG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Derrycrag Reel / The Derrycrag Reel / Derry Craig Wood / Mulvihill's / Mulvihill's Reel / Charlie Mulvihill's 1 / Fr Kelly's No. 1 / Father Grady's Trip to Brocagh ( Derry Craig Wood was P.J. Kelly's intended title for the tune, according to multiple sources shared with me by e-mail from Bob Pfeffer 2 November 2013) (often with parts in CCAABB order) (compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Father Kelly's #617) (composed by PJ Kelly aka P.J. Kelly aka Father Kelly although miscredited to Charlie Mulvihill on MMlny 2)
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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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[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
[PitS] Paddy in the Smoke. Con Curtin (fiddle), Edmond Murphy (fiddle).
[AWhyte] Aggie Whyte. Aggie Whyte. Aggie Whyte (fiddle).
[DD 3] Dé Danann. Mist Covered Mountain. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, viola, whistle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Charlie Piggott (banjo, mandolin, steel guitar), Alec Finn (bouzouki, mandocello, steel guitar), Johnny 'Ringo' McDonagh (bodhrán, bones).
[MMlny 2] Mick Moloney. Strings Attached. Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar). For this tune: (mandolin).
[JKn 5] James Keane. Sweeter as the Years Roll By. James Keane (accordion).

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In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Gooseberry Bush
MMlny 2
New Custom House Reel
JKn 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Tie the Bonnet
Trip to Durrow
Charlie Mulvihill's Reel
MMlny 2
Twilight in Portroe
DD 3
Banks of the Ilen
JKn 5


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 #222 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
On page 15 of [FrKlly] The Far East. Fr Kelly's Favourites. A Musical Tribute to Composer Fr PJ Kelly. [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 only the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1968