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Tune ID#1455 (Old Concertina Reel)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Concertina 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 Kn (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old Concertina Reel, The / The Concertina Reel / Ríl an tSeanchonsairtín / Concertina Reel / The Concertina / Concertina / The Concerting Reel / Miko Russell's (for 2nd figure of Connemara Set on JRSLCB 2; 2nd in Kilfenora Set on Ch W)
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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).
19691.15#1
[MR 10] Micho Russell. Rarities and Old Favorites 1949-1993. Micho Russell (whistle, flute, vocals). For this tune: (F whistle).
19859#1
[Kn] Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon. In Knocknagree. Noel Hill (concertina), Tony MacMahon (accordion).
19862#2
[PS 1] Kevin Burke, Jackie Daly, Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn. Patrick Street. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Jackie Daly (accordion), Andy Irvine (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica), Arty McGlynn (guitar).
~19867#3
[SEgn 1] Seamus Egan. Traditional Music of Ireland. Seamus Egan (flute, banjo, mandolin, whistle, pipes, tres). For this tune: Seamus (pipes).
~19936#2
[JCnly 1] Johnny Connolly. An tOileán Aerach. Johnny Connolly (melodeon). For this tune: (C melodeon).
~19935#1 (0:50)
[MR 6] Micho Russell. The Limestone Rock. Micho Russell (whistle).
19961#1
[TCB 3] The Tulla Ceili Band. A Celebration of 50 Years. P. J. Hayes (fiddle), Martin Hayes (fiddle), Francis Donnellan (fiddle), Mark Donnellan (fiddle), J. J. Conway (flute), Jennifer Lenihan (flute), Sean Donnelly (accordion), Michael McKee (accordion), Jim Corry (piano), Michael Flanigan (drums).
~199820#2
[JRSLCB 2] Johnny Reidy and the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Music for Set Dancing Vol. II. Johnny Reidy (accordion).
199914#3
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
200012#2
[Ch W] The Chieftains. Water from the Well. Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle, accordion), Derek Bell (harp, harpsichord, piano, tiompán), Seán Keane (fiddle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Kevin Conneff (bodhrán, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: with members of Kilfenora Ceilidh Band: Michael Kelleher (fiddle), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Seamus Hynes (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano).
~20004#1
[JLavelle] John Lavelle. @Home Alone. John Lavelle (accordion).
20018#2
[KHys 1] Kitty Hayes. A Touch of Clare. Kitty Hayes (concertina).
~20022.4#3
[MSCB] Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton Ceili Band. Michael Sexton (accordion), Caroline Tubridy (fiddle), Pat Curtin (flute), Brian Morgan (flute), Ralph Morgan (banjo), George Byrt (piano), Martin Garrihy (drums).
~200710#2
[GCB 2] The Glenside. Take the Floor with The Glenside. Tom Flood (accordion), Johnny Duffy (banjo), Moyra Fraser (keyboard, vocals), Aidan Flood (drums).
201314#1
[MMcHugh] Martin McHugh. The Master's Choice. Martin McHugh (accordion). For this tune: 1st time solo, then with Laura (flute).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Walter Sammon's Grandmother
PS 1
Pay the Girl Her Fourpence
SEgn 1
Trip to Durrow
JCnly 1
Sally Gardens
JRSLCB 2
Wise Maid
CrssCl
John Joe's
Ch W
Maguire & Patterson's [Maguire and Patterson's]KHys 1
Chicago Reel
MSCB
Red-Haired Lass
GCB 2
Played beforeOn Albums
Come West along the Road
Kn, MSCB, GCB 2
Brendan McMahon's
PS 1, TCB 3
Reel with the Birl
MR 6
Christmas EveJRSLCB 2
Free and Easy
Ch W
Earl's Chair
JLavelle
Congress Reel
MMcHugh

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 #275 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #210 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #43 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 10 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 15 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #249 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