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Tune ID#1487 (Otter's Holt)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Otter's Holt about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 2 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Reel32AABBB Minor
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Otter's Holt, The / Poll an Mhadra Uisce / Poll an Madra Uisce / Pol an Madra Uisce / The Otter's Den / The Otter's Nest / Water Dog's Hole / The Water Dog's Hole / The Water Hole / The Old Dudeen / An Seandúidín / The Aughdarra / The Windy Lane / McFadden's Handsome Daughter (3rd in set Music in the Glen on BB 2) (also in E) (composed by Martin "Junior" Crehan)
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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).
19761#3
[BB 2] The Bothy Band. Old Hag You Have Killed Me. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, clavinet, harmonium), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar), Donal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán).
19766#3
[BB 5] The Bothy Band. The Best of the Bothy Band.
~19762#2
[MM 1] Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy. Matt Molloy (flute). For this tune: (Eb flute).
~19918#2
[BT] Baal Tinne. . . . About Time. Noel Rice (flute, whistle), Kevin Rice (bodhrán, percussion), Cathleen Rice (fiddle), Matt Sundstrom (guitar), Paul Cienniwa (piano, keyboards).
~199211#2
[MMM] Music at Matt Molloy's. Terry Crehan (fiddle), Matt Molloy (flute).
19957#3
[WaMoDub] Paul McGrattan, Paul O'Shaughnessy. Within a Mile of Dublin. Paul McGrattan (flute), Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle). For this tune: Paul McGrattan (C flute).
19953#1
[JMd 2] Joanie Madden. Song of the Irish Whistle. Joanie Madden (whistle, flute, percussion). For this tune: ("air whistle"), then (whistle).
~199717#2
[KHe] Kevin Henry. One's Own Place - A Family Tradition. Kevin Henry (flute, whistle, pipes, vocals).
19988#3
[Lgcy] Legacy. Navan. Don Penzien (guitar, vocals, whistle), Valerie Plested (fiddle), Beth Patterson (bouzouki, vocals), Justin Murphy (flute, whistle). For this tune: Justin (F flute).
~19981#4
[McNamFam] McNamara Family. Leitrim's Hidden Treasure. Michael McNamara (flute), Brian McNamara (pipes), Ray McNamara (pipes, whistle), Ciarán McNamara (flute), Enda McNamara (fiddle), Deirdre McNamara (concertina), Frank Kelly (piano), Mick Giblin (guitar), Barry Carroll (hammered dulcimer).
19992#1
[AMacN 1] Andrew Mac Namara. Dawn. Andrew Mac Namara (accordion).
~20003#3
[MMcG 2] Michael McGoldrick. Fused. Michael McGoldrick (flute except where noted). For this tune: with Dezi Donnelly (fiddle).
~20017#1
[KCrhn] Kevin Crehan. An Bhábóg sa Bhádóg. Music from West Clare. Kevin Crehan (fiddle).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Humours of Scarriff
BB 2, BB 5
Tommy Coen's
MMM, KHe
Maud Miller
MM 1
Star of Munster
BT
Maids of Tullyknockbrine
WaMoDub
Maggie on the Shore
Lgcy
Cornhill
McNamFam
Patsy Hanley's
MMcG 2
Played beforeOn Albums
McFadden's Handsome Daughter
MMM
Richard Dwyer's
JMd 2
Concert Reel
AMacN 1
Pigeon on the Gate
KCrhn

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 #12 in volume 4 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
As tune #185 in [CRE 3] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 3. [available]
As reel #77 in [MM] Martin Mulvihill. First Collection of Traditional Irish Music.
As tune #5 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 51 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 82 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As reel #254 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #158 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): 1974