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Tune ID#1402 (Never Was Piping So Gay)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Never Was Piping So Gay about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BCw 1 (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):
Never Was Piping So Gay / A Leithéid de Píobaireacht Bhinn! / Shaney Mulhern / Shanie Mulhearne's Reel (as 1st tune in an untitled medley in book NF) (compare Fahey's Flight #2331) (composed by Ed Reavy)
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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).
[CmA 1] The Coleman Archive Vol. 1: The Living Tradition. Johnny Henry (fiddle).
[SMMcG] Seamus and Manus McGuire. Humours of Lissadell. Seamus McGuire (fiddle), Manus McGuire (fiddle).
[FMD 1] The Fiddle Music of Donegal. Volume One. Jimmy Campbell (fiddle).
[PCln] Pat Cloonan. Pat Cloonan's Thanksgiving. Patrick Cloonan (accordion). For this tune: with Martin Hayes (fiddle).
[BCw 1] Brian Conway. First through the Gate. Brian Conway (fiddle).
[InTndm] Kevin Burke and Ged Foley. In Tandem. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Ged Foley (guitar, vocals).
[AbsIr] Absolutely Irish. Mac Benford (banjo, vocals), Darrah Carr (feet), Liz Carroll (fiddle), Karan Casey (vocals), Brendan Dolan (piano), John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Seamus Egan (banjo, flute), Eileen Ivers (fiddle), Rhys Jones (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Susan McKeown (vocals), Mick Moloney (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Robbie O'Connell (vocals, guitar), Niall O'Leary (feet), Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes, whistle), Mike Rafferty (flute), Athena Tergis (fiddle).
[AtMcGn 2] Antóin MacGabhann, with Charlie Lennon. Tunesmith. Antóin MacGabhann (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
I'm Waiting for You
Paddy Ryan's Dream
BCw 1
Maudabawn Chapel
AtMcGn 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Fisherman's Island
John McGrath's
BCw 1
Culfodda Reel


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.
On page 171 of [NF] Allen Feldman. The Northern Fiddler. [available]
As tune #3 in [ER] Joseph M. Reavy (compiler). The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy. [available]
As reel #622 in [HN] Henrik Norbeck. Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes. [available]
As reel #361 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): 1967