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Tune ID#1456 (Old Copperplate)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Copperplate about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording FR (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBA Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Old Copperplate, The / Old Copperplate Reel / The Copperplate / The Copper Plate / The Copperplate No. 2 / The New Copperplate / An Pláta Úr Copair (2nd in set The Kincora on KCB 6; 2nd in set The Peacock's Feather on Dnu 5; 2nd in set The Copperplates on Shskn 10 and on CMcN)
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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).
~19641.10#1
[EMlny] Eddie Moloney. Eddie Moloney. Master Musician. Eddie Moloney (flute, fiddle, whistle, vocal). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19764#1
[SotC] Armagh Pipers Club. Armagh Pipers' Club [Song of the Chanter]. Disc 10 of Celtic Souls. Irish Celtic Ballads & Traditional Music. Paul Davis (concertina, flutes, harmonica), Eithne Vallelly (fiddle), Pat Daly (harp), Brian Vallelly (pipes, whistle, flute), Niall Vallelly (bodhran).
~1977B.1#2
[CronBrk] Johnny Cronin and Joe "Banjo" Burke. Cronin and Burke. Johnny Cronin (fiddle), Joe "Banjo" Burke (banjo).
~19794#1
[FR] Joe Burke, Andy McGann, and Felix Dolan. The Funny Reel. Traditional Music of Ireland. Joe Burke (accordion), Andy McGann (fiddle), Felix Dolan (piano).
~19813#3
[ApW] Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco. The Apple in Winter. Irish Music in New York. Brian Conway (fiddle), Tony DeMarco (fiddle).
19921.6#2
[SDI 1] Set Dances of Ireland. Volume 1. Michael Tubridy (flute), Tommy McCarthy (concertina), Junior Crehan (fiddle), Eamon McGivney (fiddle).
~19939#2
[WU] Martin Mulhaire, Séamus Connolly, Jack Coen. Warming Up. Martin Mulhaire (accordion), Séamus Connolly (fiddle), Jack Coen (flute).
19972#1
[JDr 3] Joe Derrane. The Tie that Binds. Joe Derrane (accordion). For this tune: with Jerry O'Sullivan (pipes).
~199712#2
[Shskn 10] Shaskeen. Music for Set Dancing and Listening. Tom Cussen (banjo, mandolin), Benny O'Connor (drums, bodhrán, bongos), Seán Conway (flute, whistle, guitar), Eamonn Cotter (flute), Mike Fahy (guitar), Charlie Harris (accordion), Geraldine Cotter (piano), Carl Hession (piano).
19999#2
[JWh 8] John Whelan. Celtic Roots. John Whelan (accordion).
~20025#2
[KCB 6] The Kilfenora Céilí Band. Live in Lisdoonvarna. Anne Rynne (fiddle), Conor McCarthy (accordion), Garry Shannon (flute), Tim Collins (concertina), Sheila Garry (fiddle), Fintan McMahon (piano), Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), John Lynch (banjo), Sean Griffin (drums), Anthony Quigney (flute).
~20026#1
[SQGH] Séamus Quinn and Gary Hastings. Slán le Loch Eirne. Stories to Tell. Séamus Quinn (fiddle, melodeon, viola, piano), Gary Hastings (flute).
200316#1
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
20043#2
[Dnu 5] Danú. When All Is Said and Done. Donal Clancy (guitar, electric bass), Donnchadh Gough (bodhrán, pipes), Tom Doorley (flute, whistle, vocals), Eamon Doorley (bouzouki, fiddle), Oisin McAuley (fiddle, vocals), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (vocals, whistle, flute).
~200713#2
[CMcN] Christy McNamara. The House I Was Reared In. Christy McNamara (accordion, concertina, vocals). For this tune: (accordion), with Eamonn Cotter (flute), Martin Hayes (fiddle).
~20088#1
[COG 2] Conal Ó Gráda. Cnoc Buí. Conal Ó Gráda (flute).
201211#2
[PDArcy] Patrick D'Arcy. Wallop the Spot. Patrick D'Arcy (pipes, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Copperplate
SDI 1, Shskn 10, CMcN, PDArcy
Mary McMahon
CronBrk
Miss Lyall's
ApW
Shaskeen
WU
Maid I Ne'er Forgot
JWh 8
Touch Me If You Dare
KCB 6
Peacock's Feather
Dnu 5
Played beforeOn Albums
Five-Mile Chase
SotC
Dinny O'Brien's
FR
Mountain Top
SDI 1
Milliner's Daughter
WU
Hunter's House
JDr 3
Cameronian Reel
KCB 6
Patsy Hanley's
SQGH
Copperplate
CSmth
Boy in the Gap
Dnu 5
Old Bush
COG 2
Bank of Ireland
PDArcy

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 #48 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On pages 37, 51, 65 of [TS] Tony DeMarco and Miles Krassen. A Trip to Sligo. A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Irish Fiddling, Sligo-Style.
On page 84 of [Cr] Matt Cranitch. The Irish Fiddle Book. [available]
As tune #2 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
As reel #4 in [Ng] Alan Ng. Alan Ng's Transcriptions. [available]
On page 12 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 83 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #250 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As reel #145 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As tune #51 in [Raff] Lesl Harker. 300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty. [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): 1964