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Tune ID#1382 (Music of the Forge)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Music of the Forge about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording SE 4 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBG Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Music of the Forge, The / Music in the Forge / The Forge Music / Ceol na gCeártan / Ceol na gCeartan / Ceol na Ceartan / Cailíní Deasa Mhuigheo / Sweet Biddy of Ballyvourney / Sweet Biddy of Baile Mhúirne / Bríd Mhín Bhaile Mhúirne / Pretty Girls of Mayo / Ríl Taimín / Tameen's Reel / [mislabeled on SE 5 as:] Castle Kelly (also singled) (compare Pretty Girls of Mayo #1862 which is a slightly - but consistently - different version of this tune; compare 2nd part with 2nd part of Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel #1050)
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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).
~19778#1
[JDSC] Jackie Daly, Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly. Séamus Creagh. Jackie Daly (accordion), Séamus Creagh (fiddle).
~197714#3
[SE 4] Séamus Ennis. Forty Years of Irish Piping. Seamus Ennis (pipes except where whistle or vocals noted). For this tune: (C# pipes).
~19787#3
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
200113#2
[KlmFcy] Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy. The Kilmore Fancy. Catherine McEvoy (flute), John McEvoy (fiddle).
~200415#2
[TTItself] Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O'Loughlin. The Thing Itself. Maeve Donnelly (fiddle), Peadar O'Loughlin (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Merry Blacksmith
SE 4
Castle Kelly
SE 5
Low Road to Glin
KlmFcy
Pride of Rathmore
TTItself
Played beforeOn Albums
Quinn's
JDSC

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 #1301 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #566 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #159 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #50 in [WC] Pat Mitchell. The Dance Music of Willie Clancy. [available]
On page 114 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As reel #98 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): 1903