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Tune ID#148 (Tie the Ribbons)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Tie the Ribbons about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording Ch 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel16ABE Dorian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Tie the Ribbons / Ceangal na Ribíní / The Dublin Lasses / Dublin Lasses / Gearrchailiú Bhaile Átha Cliath / The Maids of Galway / Maids of Galway / Murtough Molloy / Murtough Mulloy / The Eight and Forty Sisters / Trim the Bonnet / Tomeen O'Dea's Reel / Big Pat's Dandy Reel / Jimmy the Creelmaker / The Clady Reel / Salamanca / O'Connell's Trip to Parliament (1st in set McKenna's Reel a.k.a. John McKenna's Reels on FG 3; for The Walls of Limerick in book R) (also doubled) (nearly the same tune as Big Pat's #772 except, very consistently, for the signature opening phrase; also compare 2nd part with 2nd part of The Eight and Forty Sisters in D&M #9)
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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).
19252.8#1
[JMcK] John McKenna. The Music and Life of John McKenna. 'The Buck from the Mountain'. John McKenna (flute, whistle, lilting, vocals). For this tune: (flute), with Michael Gaffney (banjo mandolin).
19256#1
[IDM 1] Irish Dance Music. John McKenna (flute), Michael Gaffney (banjo).
19699#2
[Ch 2] The Chieftains. 2. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones), Seán Keane (fiddle). For this tune: Michael Tubridy (flute).
~1973A.10#2
[AClareSn] Willy Clancy and various. A Clare Session with Willy Clancy and Friends. Willy Clancy (pipes), presumably with Peadar O'Loughlin (flute), Jimmy Ward (banjo), Martin Talty, and others.
~19754#2
[BC 4] Bobby Casey. Maestro. Bobby Casey (fiddle).
~19891#1
[FG 3] Frankie Gavin. Frankie Goes to Town. Frankie Gavin (fiddle, flute).
~19967#1
[KR] Kevin Rowsome. The Rowsome Tradition. Kevin Rowsome (pipes). For this tune: (D pipes).
~200712#1
[Hmdgr] Paul Brock and Enda Scahill. Humdinger. Paul Brock (accordion), Enda Scahill (banjo, mandolin).
~201011#2
[CYHCIt] Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh. Comb Your Hair and Curl It. Catherine McEvoy (flute), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle), Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh (concertina).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Reel of Mullinavat
AClareSn, BC 4
Pigtown
Ch 2
John Kelly's College Groves
CYHCIt
Played beforeOn Albums
Over the Moor to Peggy
JMcK, IDM 1
Bag of Potatoes
Ch 2
Ballina Lass
FG 3
Watchmaker
KR
Crowley's No. 1
Hmdgr
Templehouse
CYHCIt

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 #1352 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #1522 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #607 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #741 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #294 in volume 2 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #81 in volume 3 of [R] Francis Roche. The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music. 3 vols. [available]
As tune #193 in [CRE 1] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. [available]
As tune #286 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
On page 124 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
On page 155 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #179 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #62 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As 12 (Treoir) in [L] Alan's private loose music.

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